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Police: Store Owner Shoots, Kills Three Would-Be Robbers

Police: Store Owner Shoots, Kills Three Would-Be Robbers

Police officers and detectives investigate the shooting of three suspected robbers by a jewelry store owner in Houston on Thursday. [AP]

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

December 17, 2010

HOUSTON – In the back room of a humble jewelry store and pawn shop in Houston’s East End Thursday afternoon, a gunman tied Eva Castillo’s wrists tightly — too tightly. She complained of the pain, so he loosened the bindings. Then Castillo’s husband was ordered at gunpoint to put his hands behind his back.

But Ramon Castillo had a surprise for the gunman and two cohorts, who had announced they were robbing the business.

Castillo pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot the gunman dead. Then he grabbed a shotgun from his office and engaged in a shootout with the other two armed robbers.

When it was over, all three robbers were dead — and Castillo, though shot at least three times, was still standing, having successfully defended what was rightfully his.

It was the third time his shop, Castillo’s Jewelry at 4502 Canal at Super Street, had been robbed since it opened 22 years ago, East End residents said.

Castillo, 52, apparently did not immediately realize he had been shot, officers said. He walked outside the store and looked around for more gunmen, then went back inside the business, realized he was wounded and untied his 48-year-old wife, who was unharmed, said Houston Police Department homicide investigator M.F. “Fil” Waters.

He remained in surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital late Thursday, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, with gunshot wounds to his left shoulder, left abdomen and legs, Houston police said. He is expected to survive.

Investigators said so many shots were fired inside the jewelry shop in a two- or three-minute span that they could not estimate the number of rounds. “We’ve got bullet fragments all over the place, casings all over the place, shotgun slugs all over the place, so it’s really hard to determine at this point how many rounds were actually fired – but quite a few,” Waters said.

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  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    you can bet that they wont try that stunt again! GREAT JOB!!

  • Airborne_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well he saved the state the expense of a trial

  • 309


    over 4 years ago


    Way to go!

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He is lucky he does not live in England. It is my understanding that he would be arrested for his actions even in self defense.

  • 6a048005e48370f2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Job VERY WELL done Sir! May God be with you and your wife. Hoping for a full recovery.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    A speedy and complete recovery to Mr. Cpstello.Super fantastic shooting,congrats.Three less low lifed dirt bags to slime up the streets.

  • Eagle_avatar_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery to the Shop Keeper!!! And a job well done (in my opinion)!!!

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    I like a happy ending. The "Big Sleep" speedy recovery

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    It's funny BR_260354...but that is the first thing I thought about too when I read the article.
    That they were going to kill the shop owners.
    Just a hit I got on it...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    3 for 3. If there's a driver; I pray they find the scum.
    This is awesome. Prayers for a fast and full recovery.
    Shotguns......I guess they work pretty well.
    A citizen and shop owner tacking back the streets.

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery to Mr Castillo and God Bless him and his wife. Fantastic job and I admire him for his willingness to stand up to these thugs. The lights have been turned out for these three piles of wasted DNA. DRT and I love it! They should give this guy an award for his service. Maybe pay his medical bills?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Outstanding job on the store owner, and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope a speedy recovery for the shop owner. As for the would be robbers, let me know how that turns out for ya!

  • 4157_1053049375247_1496160036_30123705_618543_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope Mr. Castillo pulls through this quickly! As for the 3 dead would be robbers...I think they REALLY picked the wrong place to hold up!!!!! 3 points for the good guys.

  • Blade_runner_4_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It is my belief that if this couple just submitted to their assailants demands they would be dead. I am angered whenever someone says that you should be an obedient victim because you're more likely to survive.

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