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September 25, 2013

Selfridge-stationed Marine facing federal charge after Facebook threat

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Marine stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard base is accused of making a Facebook threat referencing the recent mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

According to criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Sept. 24, Cpl. Moses Santillan Castro allegedly posted the following statement on his Facebook page: “going to pull Washinton (sic) Navy Yard on my people if they don’t stop bull (expletive). Walk up and beeach (sic) (expletive) erbody (sic).”

The alleged threat was made on Sept. 20. According to the affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent William R. Fleming, Castro was interviewed by members of Selfridge’s security force on Sept. 21. Castro at that time said he could not recall making the threat because he had been “extremely intoxicated” the night before. He also stated that when he woke up the following morning, he saw the post and immediately deleted it.

When asked about Castro Sept. 25, Selfridge Media Relations Specialist Sgt. Dan Heaton said, "At this point it is an ongoing investigation. It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time."

Fleming’s affidavit goes on to indicate that on Sept. 23, Castro was admitted, by order of the U.S. Marine Corp, to undergo a psychological evaluation at an area medical facility.

After running a thorough background check on Castro, authorities found he had been arrested in October 2006 in Dallas and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The disposition of the case was listed as “released without prosecution.”

In October 2007, Castro was arrested by the Mountain View College Police in Texas and charged with possession of marijuana and driving while intoxicated. Fleming stated that the disposition of that case is “unknown.”

Additionally, in February 2013, Castro was disciplined by the Marine Corp for assaultive behavior toward trainees. He was relieved of duty, demoted and transferred to Selfridge.

Investigators believe because Castro is an active member of the military and has access to the base, he is able to gain access to firearms or other dangerous weapons, which would allow him to carry out a threat.

The affidavit was submitted to the court for the purpose of establishing probable cause.

FBI agent Robert Beckman confirmed on Sept. 26 that Castro was taken into custody by his department on Sept. 25, and has since been turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.