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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.’’

  • 001_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    That demonic idiot who did this to one of our own public servants....needs to be put behind bars for life and his girlfriend, too! We are praying for a Miraculous recovery for Detective Castillo and for his family, and fellow officers that God Almighty will protect them daily as they endeavor to fulfill their mission.

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The keys words " An excon with a history of violence". Who is responsible for allowing this scumbag his freedom. Speedy recovery officer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    omg, this is bad, my prayers go out to the officer, his family, friends, and coworkers, i hope he gets better soon with no out standing problems, all of this happening to an officer that protects the public and saves their lives it is really sad to hear this type of incident happening

  • 100_0440_1__max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I pray for you and your family brother ... get better soon!

  • Picture_or_video_137_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Omg this is horrible. My thoughts & prayers go out to the officer, his friends, family, and co-workers.

  • Img_0338_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers are with the officer & his family, be strong brother. Have the officer's family bash that POS's skull in, along with his POS girlfriend. Beat those savages to death with no mercy!!

  • Img00009_max50


    over 4 years ago


    To the officer involved I hope you have a speedy recovery and hope you will recover fully without shortfalls. The suspect needs to do some long hard time in prison.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with Det.Castillo, this is a dreadful attack on a cop!!

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for Detective Castillo and his family for a quick and full recovery. And also that Robertson gets a full measure of justice for his barbaric actions. He has proven beyond all doubt that he has no place in polite society.

  • 911_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    FUCKING SAVAGE!!! Hope he dies a slow and painful death from testiculer cancer!!!!

  • Lion_cub__masai_mara__kenya_max50


    over 4 years ago


    god be with you officer, i will pray for you tonight.

  • Copy_of_l_c39abd86f2c94685b8ad908e6a08f9a9_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The POS and his POS girlfriend should be publicly skinned alive for this! I will pray for Detective Castillo and his family! God Bless America & Her Warriors!
    Hugs, Sparrow Six-Five!

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for the Detective's speedy and complete recovery!!!

    As far as the supect? Throw this POS and his girlfriend UNDER the jail (before his execution, that is!)

  • Gods_team_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well soon Detective Castillo. I hope they throw the book on this POS.

  • Reaper2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well brother.

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