Manslaughter suspect in custody after foot chase near LCU
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police tell us two people are now in custody, including a manslaughter suspect, after a Thursday morning pursuit in Central Lubbock.
It started with an attempted traffic stop near 24th Street and Chicago Avenue at 10:41 a.m. Police say one person jumped out of the front passenger seat of the vehicle while the driver of the vehicle drove away.
That passenger, 20-year-old Javier Medrano, had multiple traffic warrants and a warrant for unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police say he led the officer on a foot pursuit before jumping over a fence into a residential area. A perimeter was set up shortly after, while nearby schools were placed on lockdown. Medrano was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m., charged with evading in a vehicle and on foot. The lockdowns were lifted shortly after he was taken into custody.
Officers were able to locate the manslaughter suspect, 19-year-old Gabriel Castillo, in the 9700 block of Saratoga Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Castillo was wanted in connection to a fatal single-vehicle crash that took the life of 17-year-old Megan Martinez back on April 16 in the 3000 block of West Loop 289. Castillo was seriously injured in the crash. He was indicted earlier this month by a Lubbock County grand jury on charges of manslaughter. A warrant for his arrest was issued after the indictment.
Castillo was arrested, charged with manslaughter and evading arrest charges, and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center, where he is being held on a bond of $50,000 for the manslaughter warrant.
The Lubbock Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, both Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division and patrol units, and the Texas Anti-Gang Unit were all involved in these arrests.
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