Suspect in North Attleborough bank robbery sentenced

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By Max Bowen

A man who robbed a North Attleborough bank while on a first date with a woman will serve five years for the crime.

Christopher Castillo,, 33, of Chepachet, R.I. will serve three years in state prison and two in the Bristol County House of Corrections, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III announced.

Castillo pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with armed robbery and three counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

I am pleased the defendant was held accountable for this violent robbery and for spitting at the police officers,” said Quinn. “This type of lawless behavior is simply not acceptable.”

According to a press release, on Dec. 5, 2016, Castillo entered the Bristol County Savings Bank in North Attleborough. He allegedly showed the bank teller a gun that was in his jacket and demanded $1,000, stating that he needed the money. After being given the $1,000, he ran out of the bank and entered into a Nissan Maxima. Police arriving on the scene saw the vehicle exiting Mason Field and pulling into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot. When police entered the parking lot, they observed the female driver of the Maxima walking away and Castillo ducking down inside.

Police pulled Castillo out of the car, at which point he began to violently struggle with the officers. During the struggle, the defendant spit on the police, continued to struggle with them and told them the weapon wasn’t loaded. Police located a .44 caliber gun in the car, along with sunglasses and a hat that matched the items described in the robbery. Also found in the defendant’s wallet was the $1,000 in cash.

The female driver told police that she had met the defendant through an online dating app. They met in person for the first time that day. She picked Castillo up at his parent’s house in Rhode Island and they drove to North Attleborough while he drank wine in the passenger seat. Once near the bank, he asked her to stop the car. He then left for a few minutes and then came running back, sweating and carrying the hat, sunglasses, a gun, and cash. She panicked and drove off, but when she saw the blue lights of the police cruisers, she immediately pulled into the parking lot and got away from the car. She was not charged in relation to this incident.

The gun turned out to be an antique owned by the defendant’s stepfather. An indictment initially charging the defendant with carrying an illegal firearm was dropped as a result.