What if Ariel Castro’s record of alleged domestic violence had resulted in legal action against him? Could it have led authorities to discover that the Cleveland man was holding three kidnapped women in his house? Could it have prevented the kidnappings? The Christian Science Monitor says those questions are emerging over the several run-ins the kidnapping suspect had with the law regarding alleged domestic violence.
The incidents involved Grimilda Figueroa, with whom Castro fathered four children. Now Castro has been arrested and stands accused of kidnapping and abusing three other women and keeping them locked in his house for roughly a decade. If he had violated a protective order, he could have been arrested. The story of the tension-filled relationship between Figueroa and Castro is a reminder of how difficult it can be to make charges of domestic violence stick, or to win such court orders of protection against potential abuse. More than once, Figueroa backed off in her legal efforts.