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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.’’

  • Img_0490_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

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    over 4 years ago


    Praying for a full and speedy recovery...

  • Dressed_up__2__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speeedy and full recovery. Save the money of a trial for that cowardly POS.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    My prayers go out to him and his family

  • Wtc_badge_max600_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    GOD's speed Brother. FRY this POS !!!!!!

  • Me_in_med_19_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My Prayers go out to Det. Castillo and his family

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Words cannot even explain how i feel about this story. I hope this ex con gets what is coming to him. My prayers are with you Detective.

  • Amanda_july_2007_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I feel so bad for the detective.. my prayers are with him and that the jerk who did it is definitely someone's b!tch in prison and he rotts in h@ll

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I say do the same to this worthless sack of crap!!! My prayers are with Det. Castillo and his family.

  • Avatar_7444_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

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    over 4 years ago


    My prayes go out to the Det and his personal and work families. I hope he makes a full recovery and is back to full duty soon.

  • 210044_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers and thoughts are with Det. Castillo for a full and speedy recovery. I am sickened by this and no words can express how I truly feel.

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    over 4 years ago


    Speedy and full recovery prayers to Det. Castillo. There are no words to express my disgust. Liberty City, go figure

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My heart and prayers go out to Detective Castillo. I hope that he has a speedy and full recovery. This animal should be dealt with severely in the courts. Justice must be served now !!

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    All my prayers Detective Castillo for a swift and complete recovery. As for the perp and his sleezy accomplice, I don't hope for rotting in jail. I hope they are cleaned and fried ASAP!

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