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Castillo

UPDATED 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17: The suspect in a shooting death outside of Kyle early Friday has been tied to gang activity, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Jesus Castillo, 28, of San Marcos was arrested Wednesday morning at a relative’s home in Milwaukee, Wis.

Witnesses told investigators that Castillo fled after shooting and killing a fellow San Marcos man, 30-year-old John Coronado, at around midnight Friday at the El Caribe Bar on Texas Highway 21 at FM 1966, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

The men had been arguing as patrons exited the bar at closing time, authorities said. Officials said it was not clear whether the shooting death was gang-related.

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U.S. Marshals Service news release: Gang related homicide suspect arrested in Milwaukee

Jesus Castillo, 28, of the 400 block of Oak Meadows in San Marcos, Texas was arrested Wednesday morning by the United States Marshals Service in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning without incident. Castillo was the subject of a local manhunt after he was charged for his alleged involvement in a shooting resulting in the death of John Coronado, 30, also of San Marcos. It appears both subjects are alleged gang members and it is unknown if their associations may have precipitated the shooting.

It is further alleged in the criminal complaint that on November 11, 2011, Caldwell County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched after midnight to the El Caribe Bar, located at 6626 Camino Real (Hwy 21) near the Caldwell-Hays County boundary to a report of gun shots fired. Based on interviews at the scene, Castillo was identified as the shooter, and fled immediately after the shooting.

The victim later succumbed to his injuries several hours later at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle, Texas. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force quickly focused efforts in identifying associates, and family members of Castillo. Based on local interviews, the task force identified family members in Milwaukee and alerted the local US Marshals of Castillo’s possible presence in Milwaukee.

US Marshals in Milwaukee were able to identify a local neighborhood known to have ties to Castillo and observed a vehicle in the 1400 block of South 13th Street in front of a residence registered to Castillo’s brother who is also from San Marcos. Castillo was identified by US Marshals and quickly apprehended.

Castillo was remanded to the Milwaukee County Jail pending his extradition to Caldwell County, Lockhart, Texas.

“I am grateful that Jesus Castillo was quickly apprehended and no law enforcement officers were injured during the arrest,” said Robert R. Almonte, US marshal for the Western District of Texas states. “We look forward to have Jesus Castillo return to Texas and be held to account for his actions in Caldwell County.”

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A San Marcos man accused of a shooting death near Uhland last Friday was arrested this morning at a home more than 1,200 miles away in Milwaukee, Wis.

Witnesses told investigators that Jesus Castillo, 28, of San Marcos shot and killed a fellow San Marcos man, 30-year-old John Coronado, at around midnight Friday at the El Caribe Bar on Texas Highway 21 at FM 1966, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

The men had been arguing as patrons exited the bar at closing time, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Milwaukee Police Department apprehended Castillo at a residence early Wednesday. Local authorities are arranging his extradition to Texas.

This story was originally published in the Hays Free Press. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

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One thought on “Updated: Texas 21 bar shooting may be gang-related

  1. I think That jesus is innocent!!! You should not always go by eye witness acounts . I once read a short story in class and it read that 75,000 people today are wrongfully convicted thats sad!!! I meen thats all i can say but when i get in to collage i will go in to law and prove that when people say they are inocent i can prove it !!! Just think what if all in the end you had the wrong mann then both familes would be hurting for the wrong reasons . But this is just my thoughts but they count!!!!! Love unknown love

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