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Police catch up with attempted murder suspect

Posted: Friday, Aug 8th, 2014


Ramiro Castillo


WATSONVILLE — A Watsonville man was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder following a June shooting that left a Watsonville man seriously injured.

Watsonville Police Sgt. Eric Montalbo said police received an anonymous tip Friday that Ramiro Castillo was at 18 Evelyn Drive in Watsonville. Watsonville patrol officers, CHP officers, WPD investigators and members of the Santa Cruz County Anti Crime Team quickly assembled and followed up on the tip.

When officers arrived in the area, Castillo fled from police on foot and jumped several fences trying to once again evade arrest. Officers were able to locate Castillo hiding in a backyard of a nearby residence and arrested him without further incident.

“This arrest was made possible by the alert anonymous citizen who notified authorities of his whereabouts,” Montalbo said.

On June 3 Watsonville Police started an investigation on an attempted murder case that occurred in the area of 217 Marchant St. As a result of the investigation three subjects were arrested who were involved in the shooting. The final suspect in this case was identified as Castillo, who has been able to elude arrest for more two months.

Castillo had previously evaded capture during a long term stand-off with SWAT team members that occurred at 143 West Beach St. on June 11. Since then Watsonville Police investigations division has been actively pursuing the whereabouts of Castillo.

Castillo was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and is being held on $750,000 bail.

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