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TPD releases evidence in March 28th hostage incident

TUCSON – News 4 Tucson obtained documents from Tucson police about an armed robbery that turned into a hostage situation.

The incident took place on March 28 at a fast food restaurant on Irvington road.

Police said 41-year old Cisco Castillo walked in pulled out his wallet as if he was going to pay and then took out a gun and demanded money for the cashier.

He walked away and was spotted going into an apartment complex.  Police saw him on the second floor balcony and he pointed a gun at them.

Officers opened fire striking him three times.

He broke into an apartment where a single mother and her 3-year-old child were living.

The mother ran into her child’s room grabbed her and hid in a closet.  She called 9-1-1.

The operator kept her on the line as police surrounded the building.

Police began texting her and told her they were going to get out by using a ladder.

SWAT arrived put the ladder by the bedroom window and brought the mother and child to safety.

The report was filled with crime scene photos.  Many of them showed the bullet holes inside and outside the apartment.

Shell casings on the ground below the apartment.

The gun sitting on a kitchen cabinet, and cash covered in blood.

The text messages were also in the report as was the 9-1-1 call.

An audio recording of detectives questioning Castillo was also included.

Detectives spoke with him while he was in the hospital.

After his Miranda rights were read he told officers he didn’t remember where he was prior to the shooting, and he remembers police opening fire on him and he said he got scared and jumped through a window into an apartment.

Tucson police said the gun was an air pistol and they were able to link Castillo to seven other robberies within a two month period.

He’s currently in the Pima county jail on numerous felony charges under a $75,000 bond.

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