The Sacramento Police Department has arrested William Castro, 28, for the robbery that occurred on Good Friday at a church in the 700 block of T Street.
On Friday, April 22, 2011, at 5:00 a.m., the victim arrived at church for the early service. When the victim exited the restroom, the suspect robbed him of his wallet at gunpoint. The victim had planned on purchasing a car later that morning so his wallet contained $2000. Later that morning, a good samaritan saw the story on the local news and donated money to the victim.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 1:36 a.m., an officer stopped a suspicious subject walking in the area of 28th and C Streets in response to an activated alarm in the area. The subject attempted to assault the officer but then fled. Two citizens saw the officer chasing the subject and gave chase as well. An additional officer arrived on scene. The officers and the citizens caught the suspect, who repeatedly fought them before being taken into custody. Officers located a large amount of cash and the gun used in the robbery. The ensuing investigation and subsequent statements led to the arrest of the suspect for attempting to assault the officer and for the robbery at the church.
This is a criminal story with two happy endings: First, the incredible generosity shown to the victim by an anonymous donation and second, the apprehension of the suspect responsible for the robbery. Despite the fact that Sacramento ranks #2 in the state for violent crimes and for property crimes, working together, the Police Department and the community can make a difference.