|A Cowardly Attack On An Officer|
The Miami-Dade Police detective was struck in the head with a cinder block, beaten, and then run over with his own car after a routine traffic stop.
Castillo was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where the 37-year-old married father of two was still in critical condition at the time this was written. Castillo suffered multiple skull fractures and brain and spine injuries, as well as seven broken ribs and extensive damage to several internal organs.
Shortly after the officer was almost killed, a massive, multi-agency SWAT and helicopter-assisted manhunt located the attackers.
Police said that Castillo was in Liberty City on robbery intervention detail when he pulled over a car carrying 33-year-old Michael Paul Robertson, Jr. and 25-year-old Monica Rene Banks.
Robertson, an ex-con who was already wanted by police for firing a gun during an argument with the mother of his child, fled on foot. Castillo then placed Banks in handcuffs and called for backup according to NBC Miami.
But before other units could get to the scene, Robertson, who had fled on foot, returned to the scene and bashed Castillo in the head from behind with a cinder block.
The blow was landed with such force that it broke the cinder block. Witnesses say he then kicked Castillo in the head and chest while he was down.
Robertson got into the Castillo's cruiser and ran over the officer as he drove off. As police descended on the area in a frenzied manhunt for the suspect in the attempted murder of a police officer, Robertson sent word to officers that he would give himself up and was taken into custody. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, robbery/carjacking, aggravated assault with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Banks, who stood by and watched as Robertson beat Castillo, was charged with accessory to attempted murder and attempted first-degree murder. Also arrested were Robertson's father and his mother. The elder Robertson was charged with battery on a police officer, but a department spokesperson indicated the couples' arrests were not directly related to the attack on Castillo. Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus told reporters that Castillo has already undergone multiple surgeries as doctors work to save his life.
"When something like this happens to a police officer, a child, or anyone who lives in the county, it should horrify all of us," Loftus told NBC Miami. "I don't know how human nature gets much worse than that. I really don't."