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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.’’

  • R1-6_0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well brother and hang the f-----r

  • Geiger_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well soon !

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God Bless.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I pray for Det. Castillo's recovery and for his family.

  • Hard_badge_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My hope and prayers for a speedy recovery, Brother, fortunately Florida uses the death penalty,and I hope this pondscum goes out painfully,and his girlfriend goes away for a very long time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Everyone deserves a fair trial, a person like that should not be in the public that officer could have been killed. He's someones son,brother, and probably a loving father not just a man with a badge. With prayer we can make it through anything. Thank God, Amen

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I concur with tluttrell9. I'm asking Christian officers to join us in praying for Carlos and his colleagues/family. Let's be vigilent out there!
    Detective M.C. Williams

  • Untitled_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery my brother, my prayers are with you and your family.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers are going out for Det. Castillo, his family, and his department. Sir, I pray that you have a full and complete recovery. You are a hero to all of us in the badge. Stay strong.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Praying for det castillo and his family, this is so sad.

  • Goatface_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers go out to Brother Castillo and his family.

  • Scan0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    bring back the death penalty. these animals do not deserve to live.... get well soon brother....

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is very sad. Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for the officer. If it was up to me this guy would have never seen the cuffs. BANG!!! It's done. Just my opinion.

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers go out to the Det. and his family.

  • Mmal6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Unreal. This guy should NEVER see the light of day again. What a P.O.S! God speed Det. Castillo

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