Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cleveland Police Interviewed About Seymour Avenue Rescue: Video

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

  • Espada
Interviews conducted with Cleveland police officers were posted publicly this week. The video reveals the narrative that unraveled as officers arrived at 2207 Seymour Avenue May 6.

The video, in which Detective Jennifer Ciaccia interviews Officer Anthony Espada, Officer Barbara Johnson and Officer Michael Tracy, is embedded below.

Their stories recount the initial dispatch that sent them toward Seymour Avenue. Upon arrival, the large crowd forming in the street and on sidewalks portended major discoveries. Espada describes his trip into the home, where he first encountered Michelle Knight.

"As we were going up the steps, it was so quiet - like peaceful," Espada says. Knight burst out of a second-floor bedroom and embraced the officer. Within a few seconds, he adds, a second girl came out of the bedroom.

"My name is Georgina DeJesus," he recalls the woman telling him.

"It took everything to hold myself together," Espada says amid tears.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.