May 27 • 01:57 AM

Alleged shooter turns himself in

Suspect faces multiple charges in shooting of 34-year-old Imlay man

Police and law enforcement personnel from several departments respond to Sunday morning shooting.

June 30, 2010
IMLAY CITY — The suspect in Sunday's (June 27) early morning shooting of a 34-year-old man at the Maple Grove mobile home park has turned himself in.

Imlay City Police Chief John Stano said the suspect, Juan Carlos Castillo, allegedly fired multiple shots at Jose Flores, 34, before striking him once in the chest.

Castillo, 33, reportedly fled the scene after the shooting and his whereabouts were unknown for more than 24 hours. On Monday afternoon, Stano was advised that the suspect had contacted an attorney and was preparing to turn himself in.

At 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Castillo appeared at the Lapeer County Courthouse, accompanied by criminal defense attorney Michael P. Manley of Flint. He was arraigned before Lapeer County Magistrate Michael Delling.

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh said Castillo is being held in Lapeer County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Thursday, July 1 at 9 a.m. in the chambers of Judge Laura C. Barnard.

Konschuh said Castillo faces multiple charges that include: assault with intent to commit murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, habitual offender (fourth time), and felony firearms (a mandatory 2-year sentence).

Stano said Imlay City officers responded to the incident at around 4:12 a.m. Sunday. He noted that neighboring homes were evacuated to ensure the safety of residents. Officers then forced the suspect's front door open and found no one inside.

While details leading up to the shooting are sketchy, Stano said several acquaintances had been engaged in a disagreement before Castillo pulled a gun and began firing.

After the shooting, Flores was transported by Lapeer EMS to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where he was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday.

In addition to Imlay City police, the Michigan State Police Special Response Team executed a search warrant to enter Castillo's home. Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies and officers from neighboring police departments also assisted.

Anyone with information about the incident 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.
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