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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.’’

  • Img00177_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope Detective Castillo has a full and speedy recovery. May God be with him and his family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I pray for a speedy recovery for Detective Castillo.......

    This is a horrible and violent attack on Law Enforcement.....Great statement made by the PBA President....All Politicians should realize this....

  • Ganster_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well soon Det. Castillo. Like was said before, this scum bag showed just what type of "man" he was when he first ran away, then came back and snuck up behind the Det. to hit him with a cinder block, then stole his car and ran him over, then hid like a little kid. I guess he must have realized that the only way to save his own "life" was to wave his white flag (probably made out of a wife-beater) and give up. He was pretty tuff when he attacked the Det and beat him while he was unconscious... not so tuff when it came to HIS safety. Hopefully both the piece of trash and his girlfriend are too old to enjoy anything about life again by the time they get out... if they ever do!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    It's hard to be a cop sometimes...we know its an occupational hazard to face death every minute of the day..including off duty....but when I read something like this...when I say its hard to be a cop, I am talking about the impartiality that has to be there when you catch someone lke the "individual" who did this.

  • Cpusey-001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Praying for a speedy recovery........

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Godspeed to Det. Castillo on his recovery. I hope and pray he pulls through and is back on the force 100%. As for the dirtbags, a couple pair of cement shoes and a walk across the bay might do them some good...

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    over 4 years ago


    Godspeed on full recovery. Definatley death penalty case for suspects.

  • Nag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well soon officer Castillo. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family. As for the scumbag who did this, its a shame he didn't resist. I guess he's only a real man when he sneaks up behind somebody.

  • Jack-sparrow-pirates-of-the-caribbean_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Give them the firing squad.
    Hope the detective can recover from this

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    over 4 years ago


    I agree with Frank, to bad the scum made it out of the hunt alive. I hope he goes away for a long time for ATTEMPTED Murder. Lots of prayers for our brother for a speedy and FULL recovery. May God send his angels to hold you and speed your recovery !!

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'm heartbroken over this. I send my thoughts and prayers to Officer Castillo. I hope he can make a full recovery. I hope the perp and his girlfriend both get the death penalty!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    This incident has been in the news here for the last couple of days. Horrible attack on our brothere by this scum bag. Just too bad he made it out of the hunt alive.

    Liberty City is one of the worst Patrol areas not only here in Miami but in all South Florida and perhaps even nationwide.
    For you guys unfamiliar with Miami, think about the worst area you have work in, then... This probably much worst...
    Get well soon brother, may God be with you.

  • Space_with_rainier_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I am glad to hear the officer was not Killed, My thoughts and Prayes for his speedy recovery. The best sentence in the whole article was the last. Hopefully they will stop cutting funding on PUBLIC SAFETY.

  • Iphone_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    i pray for a full recovery to the officer, i hope this man gets the chair for his blatant attemp on the officers life.

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