Contact: Major Todd Catlow Detective Commander RISP Headquarters (401) 444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile male from Springfield, Massachusetts on charges related to robberies in Cranston and Coventry during the early morning hours of January 4, 2014.
The juvenile suspect and Monchi Castillo, age 23, of 17 Montpellier Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, Massachusetts are alleged to have robbed the Shell gas station located at 1207 Pontiac Avenue in the City of Cranston and the X-tra Mart convenience store located at 851 Tiogue Avenue in the Town of Coventry on January 4, 2014. Castillo was arrested and arraigned on charges stemming from the robberies that same day and is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution.
The juvenile suspect was arrested at 10:30 a.m. on January 10, 2014 in Springfield, Massachusetts by members of the Massachusetts State Police and the Rhode Island State Police. He was presented to the Hampton County Juvenile Court where he was ordered held without bail pending an extradition hearing.
The investigation resulted in the Rhode Island Family Court issuing an arrest warrant for the juvenile suspect for the following charges:
- 1. First Degree Robbery
- 2. Conspiracy to commit First Degree Robbery
- 3. Second Degree Robbery
- 4. Conspiracy to commit Second Degree Robbery
- 5. Carrying Dangerous Weapon when Committing a Crime of Violence
Although there are no other suspects, the investigation into the aforementioned robberies is ongoing. The same suspects are believed to have committed similar robberies in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell stated, "I commend all of the agencies involved including the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau, Cranston Police Department, Coventry Police Department, Warwick Police Department, Uxbridge Police Department, North Hampton Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office for their diligence and dedication to this interagency collaboration, which led to the quick and efficient apprehension of these two suspects and took two dangerous individuals off the street."