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Officer in Critical Condition After 'Horrific' Attack

Officer in Critical Condition After 'Horrific' Attack

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The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

April 26, 2010

MIAMI-DADE – An ex-con with a history of violence beat a Miami-Dade detective in the head with a cinder block, kicked him in the head and chest and ran him over with his unmarked police car, police said Saturday.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director James Loftus called the beating ``horrific.’’

“Don’t ask me to explain this, and don’t ask me to understand this,‘’ Loftus told reporters at a press conference Saturday afternoon. "Because I don’t get it. It should horrify us all.’’

Michael Paul Robertson was arrested Saturday morning for the attack Friday evening in Liberty City, which left Carlos Castillo with severe head and brain injuries and several broken bones. Robertson’s girlfriend was arrested as an accomplice.

Robertson, 33, knew he was wanted by Miami police. That’s probably why he fled after being pulled over Friday night in Liberty City, Loftus said. But Robertson, already wanted for shooting a gun during an argument with the mother of his child, returned — with a cinder block.

Robertson came up behind Castillo, who had stopped Robertson and his girlfriend, and slammed the block into the uniformed officer’s head with such force that police said it broke into pieces.

Castillo, 37, crumpled to the street, where police said Robertson kicked him in the head and chest. Then he jumped into Castillo’s unmarked black Dodge Charger, and ran the detective over.

Monica Banks, 25, had been handcuffed by Castillo and watched as her boyfriend attacked the detective. She later was uncooperative and lied to police when questioned, Loftus said.

Robertson drove away in the Charger, leaving the detective in a pool of blood. Castillo was so covered in blood that officers who arrived at the scene minutes later thought he’d been shot, Loftus said.

Castillo, a 15-year veteran of the force and currently part of the robbery intervention unit, was transported to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The assault left him with multiple skull fractures, brain injuries, a liver laceration, seven broken ribs and a spine injury, among other wounds. Castillo remained in critical but stable condition Saturday evening.

Police found Robertson hiding in a nearby home soon after the incident. Someone told police where Robertson was hiding, Loftus said, and that he wanted to turn himself in.

He and his girlfriend were charged Saturday morning with attempted first-degree murder. Robertson also has been charged with robbery/carjacking, aggravated assault with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Robertson has served prison time and probation time for burglary, grand theft and other charges, Miami-Dade court records show.

“It goes to show the dangers of the streets,‘’ said John Rivera, president of the Police Benevolent Association. "I just hope that not only the public, but the politicians, realize that cutting public safety only helps the criminals.’’

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 4 years ago


    There are no words to say, other than this POS and the scag with him need to be erased. God Bless Leo Castillo and get him thru this tragedy quickly, please.

  • Me_at_work_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow, what courage Detective Castillo shows being in critical but stable condition... Now that's a will to survive!! Blessings for a speedy and full recovery.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    BTrooper is right the ME is the way to go...

  • Me__mr


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a quick and complete recovery for the detective and for swift justice for those 2 POS.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    As many have said watch your back! Godspeed officer

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I agree Philj, but what would have been better is if they both were brought to the ME and not to the station.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    The girlfriend should be allowed to watch Robertson cook and then make her wait three days and cook her while she thinks about it.

    Their both a piece of sh%t!

    I really need to hold back.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I Think the state owes Robertson a date with the XTRA CRISPY CHAIR!

    Yeah thats the ticket!
    Phil Johnson

  • 7819_712435661328_26723071_40880744_7213452_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WOW..this is brutal - I hope my prayers are heard and answered for your speedy recovery

  • Imagesca4darnm_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Those two should be put to death immediately. They did it, they're guilty and they shouldn't sit around in prison for years. I hope the detective will heal up fast and turn out fine. He didn't deserve that.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I would like to have an update to the Officers condition.
    God hold and keep him, Godspeed on your healing Officer

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Sad, prayers goes out to him and his family!

  • Carbine_2__2__max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers go out to Det Castillo. I hope the perp isn't allowed to cop a plea and get a reduced sentence. No fault on Det Castillo but I think I'd have cuffed the male first then the female.

  • Pics_for_sites_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Det Castillo Get well soon my brother, too bad this sub human scumbag was not killed when he was found!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Wow wishing for a speedy recovery and much healing for the officer. I hope this guy never sees the light of day again. POS!!! Was someone there to see this happen and not stop it? Praying for Officer Castillo and co workers family and friends...

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