April 24, 2010 – Detective Carlos Castillo, a Miami-Dade police officer, was working on a robbery intervention detail when he encountered 33-year-old Michael Paul Robertson, Jr. and 25-year-old Monica Rene Banks (pictured above). The two were in a car stopped by Detective Castillo. The event should have been what most civilians call a routine traffic stop.
At the time of the traffic stop the detective had no knowledge that Robertson was wanted for shooting a gun during an argument with the mother of his child. But things escalated quickly. Robertson suddenly fled on foot leaving his girlfriend behind. Castillo managed to grab and cuff Monica Banks and then called for back up to help capture Robertson.
Help arrived and began to search for the wanted Robertson. Detective Castillo remained at the scene with his prisoner, Monica Banks.
Police set up a perimeter and searched all vehicles in the area.
During the wait, Robertson circled back to where Detective Castillo held Banks, crept up behind the detective, and struck him in the back of the head with a cinder block. The blow was so severe that the block broke into pieces. The detective fell and Robertson then began to repeatedly kick Castillo in the head and chest. Then the thug got behind the wheel of the officer’s unmarked Dodge Charger. But, before using Castillo’s car to escape, he ran over the detective’s crumpled body several times.
Police initiated a huge manhunt (16 agencies participated in the search) for Robertson, who eventually turned himself in to officers. Robertson 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 the assault, was charged with accessory to attempted murder and attempted first-degree murder. Also arrested was Robertson’s 51-year-old father, Michael Robertson, Sr. He was charged with assault on a police officer. It’s unclear if his arrest was related to the event involving his son.
Michael Robertson, Sr.
Remarkably, Detective Castillo survived the ordeal in spite of several broken ribs, injury to his brain, internal bleeding, damage to several organs, spinal injury, and numerous skull fractures. He is in critical, but stable condition, and has undergone several surgeries since the assault.