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Man behind Ohio women's rescue hailed as Internet star

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Published:   |   Updated: May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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A day after being hailed a hero, the man who helped rescue three women being held in a Cleveland home for a decade is now an internet star.

Charles Ramsey's impassioned interview with reporters, in which he described the events leading to the rescue Monday of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, have given TV stations a number of memorable sound bites and given McDonald's plenty of free publicity as he described eating some fast food before the scene unfolded.

Ramsey, who lives in the neighborhood where the women were found, said he “knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl ran into a black man's arms. That's a dead giveaway.”

He also described his relationship with one of the men accused in the kidnapping, saying they “eat ribs and what-not and listen to salsa music. You see where I'm coming from?”

Videos of both his interview and 911 call have gone viral. They also have spawned numerous auto-tuned remixes on YouTube, and reaction from McDonald's, which tweeted this reaction to Ramsey's lunch choice:

“We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey — we'll be in touch.”

The future for Ramsey appears pretty predictable. He already has appeared with ABC's “Good Morning America” and CNN's Anderson Cooper, and certainly will be in demand on the talk-show circuit.

And perhaps enjoying some more McDonald's before his next interview request.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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