Suspects in Watertown Shooting Held Without Bail; Incident was a Drug Robbery Gone Wrong

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The two suspects in a shooting, which left a Watertown man hospitalized, were denied bail on Friday. Police said the incident started as a robbery of a drug dealer, who got shot when he tried to fight off the suspects.

Friday afternoon at Waltham District Court,  Middlesex Judge Sarah Ellis ruled that Carlos Castillo, 19, of Boston, and Randall Glenn, 21, of Randolph, pose a danger to the victim and the community, and ordered them held without bail until trial.

Both suspects face charges of armed assault in a dwelling, assault and battery with a firearm, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of a loaded firearm.

On Feb. 24, Watertown Police received a report from Mount Auburn Hospital that a man had been dropped off with multiple gunshot wounds at 10:15 p.m. Police were able to trace the license plate of the vehicle that dropped the shooting victim off to a home on Arsenal Street. They searched the home and found blood drops on the walls, floors and stairs, and a pool of blood on a coffee table in the attic, as well as bullet cartridges from two different guns, Watertown Police Det. David MacNeil said during testimony Friday.

The victim knew Castillo from previous occasions when he sold Castillo marijuana, MacNeil said. The two were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. In the search of the Arsenal Street home police found a box full of more than 15 pounds of marijuana and more than $10,000 in cash, MacNeil said, and in a backpack they found nearly $5,000 in cash and two cellphones.

The day before the shooting Castillo came over to check the quality of some marijuana and returned that evening with a second person. On the day of the incident Castillo and Glenn came over just before 10 p.m. The victim and a friend were there and they reported the suspects acted strangely, walking in quickly and holding their heads down when they came in. The four went up to the attic and when the victim asked for the money for the marijuana Castillo and Glenn allegedly pulled out handguns. The victim’s friend ran out of the room at that point, MacNeil said.

MacNeil testified that Castillo told Glenn to grab the bag and then the victim tried to fight off Castillo, who asked Glenn for help. At that point Glenn allegedly shot the victim in the back, then the victim told Police he believes Castillo shot him in the side. The victim was still hanging onto Castillo’s clothing, MacNeil said, and Glenn shot the victim’s hand.

The victim tried to chase the suspects as they ran down the stairs, but the victim collapsed, MacNeil said. The victim’s friend then drove him to the hospital. The victim’s injuries were severe enough that he had to be transferred to a Boston hospital, MacNeil said, where he has undergone multiple surgeries for injuries to multiple internal organs and to his hand. Doctors are not sure if the hand will have to be amputated, MacNeil said.

In the early hours of Monday, March 5, police went to arrest the suspects. Castillo turned himself into Boston Police when he learned he was wanted by police. Glenn was tracked to his home in Randolph and he allegedly ran when police came to the door and his girlfriend attacked a Randolph Police officer, MacNeil said.

Attorney’s for the two suspects questioned whether police considered the victim’s friend and another man, who was at the home when police first arrived, as suspects. MacNeil said police tested the two men for gunshot residue but the lab has not completed the tests so results are not yet available.

Police also used video from nearby security cameras that show the car leaving the house shortly after 10 p.m. and was seen at the hospital. Defense attorneys noted that the videos do not show the suspects going into the home.

The next time the suspects will be in court will be for a probable cause hearing in early April.

3 thoughts on “Suspects in Watertown Shooting Held Without Bail; Incident was a Drug Robbery Gone Wrong

  1. a bit like the classic story: “Many if not most home invasions armed robberies are drug related. Some of these are preplanned. Others are spur-of-the-moment operations where the potential buyers have a flash of capitalistic inspiration and decide to take all the dope and money at gunpoint instead of paying for it. Some of these ripped-off dealers just swallow the loss, perhaps vowing to better screen their clientele next time. Others will call the police but will take great pains to leave out the part about the drugs, reporting only their stolen cash. They may think they’re being sneaky, but the monetary loss they’re claiming is always an amount not typically found in law-abiding residences. Who keeps ten grand in their kitchen? Drug dealers, that’s who. It’s a dead giveaway. So is the coke residue on the glass-top table that they forgot to Windex. [ref.ISBN9781610352178 ,p.86]”

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