STORE OWNER CATCHES THIEF IN THE ACT – HOLDS SUSPECT AT GUNPOINT TILL POLICE ARRIVE

Carlos Castillo - Photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff's OfficeCarlos Castillo - Photo courtesy of the Merced County Sheriff's Office

LOS BANOS, CA – On January 25, 2015 at approximately 2:43 p.m., Los Banos Police Officers were dispatched to a gun store in the 800 Block of 6th Street to investigate a possible robbery in progress. While responding they learned the suspect was being held at gun point by the store owner.

Officers arrived and found 20-year-old Carlos Castillo of Los Banos being held on the ground at gun point by the store owner. The incident began when Castillo entered the business and jumped over the counter removing a firearm from the display case and ammunition from the store’s shelf. The owner was able to physically restrain Castillo and hold him at gun point until Officers arrived.

Castillo was placed under arrest for burglary and booked into the Los Banos Police Department Jail. No injuries were reported to the suspect or the staff.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at www.losbanos.org.At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org

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