June 23, 2010 IMLAY CITY — As of Monday afternoon, the suspect in Sunday's (June 27) early morning shooting of a 34-year-old resident was still at large.
Police Chief John Stano reported that Juan Carlos Castillo, 33, is being sought for shooting the male victim at the Maple Grove mobile home community, located at 2070 S. Almont Ave.
Stano said police responded to the incident at 4:12 a.m., after receiving a call from a friend of the victim.
"The caller stated the suspect had fled the scene," said Stano, noting that the victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. "The suspect's whereabouts is still unkown. He should be considered armed and dangerous."
Stano said the victim was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where he is currently listed in stable condition.
Neighbors of the victim were briefly evacuated from their residences for their safety, said Stano, who added that a robot
In addition to Imlay City police, the Michigan State Police's Special Response Team executed a search warrant, while Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies and officers from neighboring departments assisted at the scene.
Stano said officers forced open the suspect's front door, but found no one inside. He added that Castillo has had previous encounters with local law enforcement.
While charges have yet to be filed against the suspect, Stano believes Castillo will likely face charges of possession of a firearm and assault with intent to murder. Other charges are pending.
Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact the Imlay City Police Department at 810-724-2345.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.