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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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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DETECTIVE. WISH YOU THE BEST AND A FULL RECOVERY.
    AS FOR THE POS THAT DID THIS, I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL AND YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.

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    gn13

    over 4 years ago

    518 Comments

    I think I find this a little more disturbing than a shooting. Shooting takes a split second. This creep must have taken a couple of minutes trying to kill this officer. A cinder block? Running him over with his own car? Not to mention the physical beating. I am glad this guy and his girlfriend were caught and I hope this serves as a wake up call to politicians that law enforcement needs help out there. My prayers to Det. Castillo, his family and his brothers and sisters that serve on the streets with him. Lock Robertson and his squeeze up forever. If they ever see the light of day again, they'll kill an officer.

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    fraustr1

    over 4 years ago

    532 Comments

    "My prayers are with you Det. Castillo," I hope you you make a full recovery.
    As for the suspect, "I hope they lock him and his girlfriend up for life!!

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    granny1

    over 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    omg! this is just crazy,i hope an pray det.castillo makes a full recovery. i pray they have strenghth to get through this.as for the maggots responsible, fry em.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Hope he get's back to normal, but it sounds real bad !

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    Sergi

    over 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    I have you in my prayers Det. Castillo until you make full recovery. Only Jesus can help you at this time!

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    I hope the Officer makes a full recovery. As for the suspect. I hope they gave him some street justice when they locked him up.

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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4596 Comments

    My prayers also go out to Det Castillo and wish him a speedy and full recovery. I hope the actions of Robertson and his girlfriend net them a lifetime stay in the Gray Bar Hotel.

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    DCCarr

    over 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    Absolutely disgusting!!! hope this POS rots in a cell the rest of his miserable life! Get weel soon Det. Castillo!

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    hnyangl

    over 4 years ago

    610 Comments

    Prayers for a speedy recovery Detective Castillo....my prayers also going out to the family friends and co workers...i hope they give this POS and his girlfriend exactly what they deserve....a cinder block to the head...it makes me sick to read about good officers doing their job to keep our communities safe and yet scumbags like this is being released daily......TO ALL LEO...STAY SAFE OUT THERE....GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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    JL122

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    My prayers for u n your family Det. Castillo. Hope u get better soon.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    My God, Detective Castillo, I am so sorry.

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4974 Comments

    Godspeed on your full recovery Detective Castillos, Hope the Dirt Bag and his Girl take a Dirt Nap!
    All the Politicans and voters need to re- assess their thinking if it is curbed at cutting Public Safety, The only way we can begin to lower the risk of injury to our officers is to have enough officers on the street that we can have multiple officers respond to these calls. It really makes me sad the way the Public thinks today, These are our officers doing their job, keeping us safe. GET WITH THE PROGRAM.........
    GOD BLESS ALL LEO!
    STAY SAFE!
    WATCH YOUR SIX, YOUR BROTHERS, SISTERS....

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    USLawman1983

    over 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Prayers for brother Castillo.
    I hope they put the perps in a cell and throw the cell away.

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    dinapooh

    over 4 years ago

    536 Comments

    My prayers are with you and your family

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