Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Man, sons arrested for Monday shooting incident

SPRING VALLEY – A Clearlake Oaks man and his two sons were arrested Monday after he allegedly shot into an unoccupied vehicle.


Gerardo Castillo, 42, remained in custody on Tuesday on several charges in connection with a Monday afternoon incident in Spring Valley, where sheriff's deputies initially responded to what was reported as a drive-by shooting, as Lake County News reported.


“It wasn't really a drive-by,” said Lt. Cecil Brown of the Lake County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.


He said that Castillo and his 18-year-old son, Gerardo Antonio Castillo, along with a younger, juvenile son, drove to a home where they asked the resident about a vehicle that was parked there,


Brown said the Castillos believed the vehicle had been involved in a confrontation earlier in the day. The car's owner denied it, Brown added.


Allegedly the elder Castillo, said Brown, “made his point by firing four shots into the back of the car.”


Castillo and his sons then allegedly drove off, but were later contacted by deputies in Spring Valley and arrested, said Brown.


The elder Castillo on Tuesday remained in the Lake County Jail on several felony charges, according to jail records. Charges against him included shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, felon/addict in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, willful discharges of a firearm in a negligent way and vandalism, plus a misdemeanor charges added Tuesday for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bail is set at $81,000.


The younger Gerardo Castillo had been arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime and for being an accessory to a crime, both felony charges. He had been released on $50,000 bail on Tuesday.


The juvenile son also was arrested, said Brown.


The two young men were arrested because they allegedly lied to deputies, telling them they had been at the store and didn't know anything about the shooting, said Brown.


He added, “It doesn't look like our agency has had any prior contacts with them.”


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