Arraignment Set for Man Connected with Teen’s Overdose

First published in the Dec. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Los Angeles man is expected to be arraigned in federal court on Tuesday in connection with the July overdose death of a Glendale girl.
Johnny Castillo, 18, was arrested Monday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges Castillo provided fentanyl-laced pills to the 15-year-old girl prior to her fatal overdose, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The indictment, which was filed on Friday, Dec. 10, charges Castillo with one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, two counts of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm with no serial number in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
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GPD Says Man Tried to Steal Police Vehicle

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Los Angeles man was in custody Friday afternoon after allegedly trying to steal a police vehicle while the officer who’d been using it was directing traffic nearby.
The 25-year-old man was booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking after being arrested at 10:58 a.m. Friday near Glorietta Avenue and Verdugo Road, according to Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann. The suspect was placed in a GPD holding cell while waiting for Los Angeles County sheriff’s personnel to take him to jail, Hauptmann said, adding that the man has a $100,000 bail.
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Police Seek Help in Probe of Slaying

Police are asking the public for assistance in their effort to determine who fatally shot a 28-year-old man in south Glendale last Saturday.
Officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots near Central Avenue and Laurel Street in the Tropico neighborhood at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, according to the Glendale Police Department. There also were reports of a vehicle being driven erratically and running stop signs in the vicinity.
Police found that the driver of that vehicle had been shot, and after officers and members of the Glendale Fire Department attempted life-saving measures, the man was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County USC-Medical Center that morning.
Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the GPD said detectives located the original scene of the shooting, but would disclose only that it was “relatively close” to where officers found the victim. Noting that the investigation is ongoing, Hauptmann also declined to say how many times the man had been shot and whether he lived in Glendale.
Police have not yet made any arrests in the investigation. This is the city’s fourth homicide investigation this year.
Those with any information are encouraged to contact GPD at (818) 548-4911. To leave an anonymous tip, contact the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, use the P3 Mobile App or visit

Suspect Under Arrest in Alleged Kidnapping, Chase

A Santa Clarita man remained in custody this week after the Glendale Police Department said he kidnapped a woman, led officers on a high-speed chase around downtown and ultimately crashed into other vehicles on Wednesday.
The GPD said it expects the 28-year-old suspect to be charged with kidnapping, felony assault, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and violating the terms of his parole. He was in custody awaiting arraignment, according to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann.
Police received three calls at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, the first presumably from the alleged victim — all the dispatcher heard was “an active struggle” between a man and a woman before the call ended, a department news release said. The second call came from another person reporting that a man was attacking a woman outdoors near the intersection of Harvard Street and Chevy Chase Drive.

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Three Charged After Homeowner Is Shot

Three people have been charged with what police said were “multiple felonies” after being arrested Tuesday for allegedly shooting one man and attacking another during a Monday robbery at a home near Montrose Community Park.
On Tuesday, the Glendale Police Department arrested a 24-year-old man from Saint Bernard, Louisiana; a 22-year-old woman from Violet, Louisiana; and a 26-year-old man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann with GPD, the two men are being held on $2 million bail and the woman on $250,000 bail. At least one of the suspects is charged with attempted murder.
The trio has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 5.
Police responded to the home in the 2000 block of Broadview Avenue in the Montrose-Montecito Park area at around 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to GPD. One of the homeowners had been shot with a handgun, while the second had been physically struck in the head by the weapon itself, officers said. Both were hospitalized for their injuries and are stable, GPD reported.
The suspects had fled by the time police arrived, Hauptmann said, and had taken a cellphone and smart watch. They had entered the home prior to the confrontation with homeowners, he added.
Hauptmann said it was unclear why the three suspects were in Glendale.

Hit-and-Run Severely Injures Girl, 13

The Glendale Police Department is eager for any possible leads as it investigates a hit-and-run incident last week that left a 13-year-old girl in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police are searching for a black 2019 or 2020 Lexus GX460 SUV with damage to the passenger-side headlight and right front bumper, a department spokesman said. Investigators did not have a description of the driver as of press deadline.
The vehicle struck the teenager at 3:12 p.m. Friday, July 24, in the 800 block of East Garfield Avenue, dragging her at least 30 feet before stopping and almost immediately fleeing east on Garfield toward Chevy Chase Drive, according to a police report. It remains unclear how the vehicle came to collide with the girl; that section of Garfield is an unusually long residential corridor with just one crosswalk in the half-mile between intersections.
It’s also unclear how fast the motorist was driving, but the vehicle collided with the girl with such force that it damaged the SUV. Investigators were able to determine the make and model of the vehicle based on damaged pieces of the SUV that were left at the scene. The girl was listed as severely injured and remained in critical condition this week, according to police.
The GPD urges anyone who may have seen that type of vehicle speeding through the area at that time to call the department.
“Maybe if someone in the neighborhood has a Ring camera, we can get some better information on the vehicle,” said Sgt. Christian Hauptmann, public information officer for the GPD.
Those with information should contact police at (818) 548-4911. To make an anonymous tip, call the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, download the P3 Mobile App on a mobile device or visit