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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.’’

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery for the Officer. This POS should be locked in a room with a half dozen cops and beaten to death. I know that is just emotions talking and I would not really do this but damn if I wouldn't want to. I do not however see any problem with locking him up in solatary for the rest of his life. He does not need to be allowed to even walk free in prison.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Carlos is one the best cops out here, and we are all praying for a speedy recovery. 143 Los.

  • Matt_snake_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This guy should face the death penalty for what he's done. I pray that the injured officer will recover and live as normal of a life as possible after this.

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May he rot in prison and then in hell

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm sorry but why was this waste of space arrested...Shoot the mfr save the taxpayers some money...My prayers are with you Detective...

  • Copy_of_marine_photo_edited_edited_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers are with the you blue. God bless

  • Copy_of_marine_photo_edited_edited_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope to God that lunatic gets caught.

  • Iii_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope this poor excuse of matter never sees the light of day again. Get well soon detective.

  • The_wall_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well wishes to Detective Castillo and his family, get better soon.
    The Skell Robertson should rot in Hell after a long time of Pain and Suffering.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy recovery

  • Lol_sun_in_clouds_02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sometimes it's feels like it would be a distinct honor and privledge to save the tax payers some money. Might just be enough to cover buget cuts, if enough was done before jail/court. But have to remeber we chose to ENFORCE the law not become it, nor take it into our own. hands. That being said. That POS SOB better be thankin the almighty for the officers that arrested him. I pray for a speedy reovery for you brother Castillo.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This makes me sick to my stomach. My prayers to Officer Castillo and his family. Hoping he recovers mentally and physically from this horrific attack.

  • Deputy_max50


    over 4 years ago


    All my prayers to Det. Castillo and his family

  • __65_or_so_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May all the best be with you and yours, Carlos.

    I am sure the idiot did not put up a fight nor have any weapons when they found him hiding.
    The arresting officers showed a lot of intestinal fortitude to make sure HIS rights (like being able to breathe)were not infringed upon.
    Not sure If I could have been that nice.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery. My heart is broken, my faith is strong.

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