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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.’’


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    von

    over 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    May God bless this officer and give him a complete recovery!

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    Mouse223

    over 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    I have no doubt the officer will survive. However, the rising concern of people battering and shooting officers is quite troubling. I mean, after all, they are the ones who protect us from these assholes. It amuses me, however, that people like this think they will get away with it. I really hope he is beaten to death in jail. Doesn't seem to be any other fitting punishment for this POS.

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    mad281

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    All my best to this brother officer....and as for the perp.....never should have made to jail if you get my drift...

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    NewYork911

    over 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Get well Brother...My prayers to you...

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 4 years ago

    4160 Comments

    There are no words that can desribe how horrible this is. Prayers and speedy recovery to the officer and death to those who put him there. No bones about it.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    Speedy recovery Officer.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Speedy recovery officer!

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    wildsoldier

    over 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Get well soon......

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    MIKIESPLACE

    over 4 years ago

    1370 Comments

    prayers for this officers speedy and complete recovery-MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES ALSO TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAD TO TAKE THIS POS IN ALIVE!

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    hungary00

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Our prayers go out to you and your family!!!!! I am surprised that the basterd still alive!!!!!!!!!!!

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    Prayers for the officer. May the POS perp rot in jail.

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    Iprintem

    over 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    I agree with CAREBEAR911 why EX? He's just a f**king a$$hole con who needs to be "lost" somewhere permanently. You can come through this Officer Castillo!

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    watts24

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    My prayers are with the officer and his family. I also pray they do proper justice and hit Robertson in the head with a cinder block, then kick him and run his tail over with a car. That would be justice, then shoot him.

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    CAREBEAR911

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    why are they always called EX- cons??? There's usually nothing EX about it.
    Anyways, my thoughts and prayers for a speeding healing are with this officer.

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    petecoolcattt

    over 4 years ago

    652 Comments

    What a gutless attack. I hope and pray for the officer. I also pray that the POS either fries or gets filled with the 'Go to Hell' juice....

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