Man involved in 2003 bizarre standoff, now jailed on murder



Posted on November 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:56 PM

SPOKANE-- According to court documents several people identified a murder suspect before witnesses say he fled from the downtown Quality Inn.

27-year-old John Castro faced a Spokane County Judge Monday on the charge of 2nd degree murder.

According to court documents two witnesses at the Quality Inn on east 4th told police they observed a fight on the 4th floor involving several of their friends, a family member from Moses Lake and a group of unknown males.

The owner of the hotel says that a large group of people were staying there Saturday night for a concert, and the situation allegedly got out of control. He says one of his employees called the police just before 3:00 a.m.
Charging documents say a 21-year-old man identified as Jose Solis Jr. tried to intervene.
According to court papers, Castro walked out of a room with a revolver in his left hand, pointed it at Solis from 6 to 8 feet away, and fired one time his Solis's chest.

Officers found the victim, 21, in an elevator surrounded by friends. He was taken to an area hospital where he died.
Documents say Castro fled the motel with three other males. A witnessed observed him get into an SUV and leave. She was able to write down the license plate number.

Police say the suspect fled the scene but was stopped by a responding K-9 officer near Hartson and Hatch.  They say he tried to run from the traffic stop but was caught shortly after.
According to the affidavit a Spokane officer stopped the SUV and three people inside fled on foot including Castro.
Officers caught Castro. 
Court documents say witnesses soon after identified him as the gunman. It says he was missing one shoe that was later found and stained with what appeared to be blood.
Court documents also say investigators looked at motel surveillance video and observed Castro fleeing with his left hand in his left jacket pocket.

A judge set bail at $1 millon. He faces life in prison if he's convicted.

A close friend tells KREM 2's News she believes officers have the wrong guy.

According to court records Castro has nine felony convictions including robbery, assault and attempt to elude.

Eight years ago he stuck his head through a Spokane roof vent and then refused to surrender to police during a long standoff.

A friend of Castro says he has changed life around since becoming a father.  She says he has three young children, with one on the way.