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Police Release More Info on Break-in, Fatal Collision

Posted December 30, 2007
Updated December 31, 2007

— Durham police released more information Sunday about a break-in in progress call Saturday that led to a fatal wreck. Two men were later arrested and held on $250,000 bond each.

Officers responded to the break-in call in the 500 block of Holloway Street at 5:54 p.m. on Saturday. Officers were told that the people inside the house were armed with guns.

When police arrived, they found two males in a Ford Taurus parked behind the house. A third male, who was armed with a gun, came out of the house and dropped the gun when ordered to do so by officers.

The males in the Taurus then attempted to leave, police said. The Taurus struck one officer in the leg and then, according to initial reports, the driver drove toward a second officer in a driveway.

Police fired shots at the vehicle, but the driver fled down Holloway Street to Morgan Street. The Taurus struck an Isuzu SUV near Mangum Street, causing it to flip over and collide with a Honda Accord.

Two people in the SUV were treated at the hospital, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He had not been positively identified Sunday night, and the cause of death had not been determined.

A passenger jumped from the vehicle and ran, but was apprehended a short distance away. He was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment and later released.

Investigators charged Alonzo Olmeda Castillo and Luis Campo, whose ages and addresses were not available, with first-degree burglary, kidnapping and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Castillo was arrested at the house on Holloway Street and Campo was the passenger in the vehicle.

Bonds for both men were originally set at $500,000, but were reduced to $250,000 on Monday. Their next court date is Jan. 14.

The case remains under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Durham Police Department.


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  • lynddsy Jan 1, 2008

    too bad the newe law wasn't in effect then.

  • Southern Fried Yankee Dec 31, 2007

    Lest we forget, the Spanish and one Italian were the original "illegals" when they invaded the Americas around 1492 ........Add in the English, French, Dutch, Russians, and yes, even the Swedes, who tried a colony here and you get the picture...If only the aboriginal peoples had a Border Patrol as efficient as ours...but alas and alack.

  • TheWB Dec 31, 2007

    "When will you all realize that we are all illegals"

    Big difference -justjean. My great,great grand father entered the country at an official immigration facility. After he was de-fleeced and quarantined for disease detection he received a visa that gave him time to #1 Learn English #2 Find employment #3 Pass a citizenship test. Only then was he proudly was able to become a law abiding citizen of the United States.

  • daisy Dec 31, 2007

    justjean, i appreciate your comment. Just as any other group of people that have come to America in the past, hispanics are the lastest group to be ridiculed and held as an example of "what's wrong with this country." Its always easier to blame others for problems.

    What these criminals did was wrong, period. I don't look at their race or legal status, I look at what they did.

  • lizard Dec 31, 2007

    justjean - i thought they were going to sandblast that phrase off of Miss Liberty when they cleaned it back in the 70's? Anyway, that's just a phrase on the statue, not an official public policy/law. Immigration use to have an office on that island to process immigrants. There's a tip there! Those other immigrants processed thru the system.

  • muleman Dec 31, 2007

    I’m not saying they are illegal because the news doesn’t want to print that kind of info, but if the police couldn’t verify their names and address????????

    Maybe if they had been caught at the boarder first they wouldn’t have been here to commit the crime and endanger legal citizens.

  • doubletrouble Dec 31, 2007

    3 men caught during a home invasion and even if only 1 was armed, during the same/group act-they were all guilty of a armed home invasion. If 2 of them hold you down, while the 3rd places the barrel in your mouth, or rapes you..are the 2 less guilty than the triggerman/rapist? Heck NO! A motor vehicle is a 3200lb deadly weapon-and if an officer feels threatened, he should be able to use deadly force...same as any homeowner faced with a home invasion, no matter if the homeowner sees a weapon or not, as by then..it's can be too late. A home invasion is just that...a invasion, aka a deadly situation. They had NO business doing what they did. If they are illegal, why should we pay to house them, with free food, clothes, medical, dental? Drop them off in International Waters off their homeland..and let them float/swim home. I'm sure they won't be back.

  • cartman Dec 31, 2007

    I bet they are illegal.....when is NC going to take a tougher stance on illegals? How many citizens need to get hurt (like the ones on the SUV that was hit)?

  • justjean Dec 31, 2007

    I love the comment section for these articles. Everyone has all the answers to all of the issues. What I don't understand is why aren't any of you with the answers running for office? I think we should send all the illegals back to where they came from..starting with anyone who has a last name that originated from England, then we can move on to the Irish, German, Italian, etc., etc. When will you all realize that we are all illegals who did exactly what is going on in the Middle East, and took this country by force. Oh yeah, and what is it that it says on the Statue of Liberty??? "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." I guess we only apply this statement to those who can afford the price of the golden ticket..sheesh!

  • coolbreeze6644 Dec 31, 2007

    "...illegals based on their names" Wow, that's good! I didn't realize you could tell the legal status of a person based on their name.
    Well, mvnull I am ready to bet you $100 that they are illegal. You can
    t blame the public this way when Mexico prints comic books that show them how to sneak in the country.