Arrest of Wilomar and Alexander Castillo-Betancourt
SAN JUAN—Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the FBI San Juan Field Office announced the arrest of brothers Wilomar and Alexander Castillo-Betancourt.
On November 22, 2019, the Castillo-Betancourt brothers were arrested in Trujillo Alto in separate locations. Wilomar Castillo-Betancourt was arrested by FBI San Juan SWAT in his residence and Alexander Castillo-Betancourt was arrested by special agents of the FBI San Juan Violent Crimes Squad in a nearby house.
The Castillo-Betancourt brothers, who constituted a robbery/carjacking crew, are believed to be responsible for the armed robbery of a Puma Gas Station in Barrio Los Angeles, Carolina, on November 3, 2019. They have been charged under a complaint with violations of Title 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A)(ii) – brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence – and § 1951 – Hobbs Act robbery.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney David Henek and is being investigated by the FBI. If found guilty, the subjects face up to 20 years in federal prison.
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The public is reminded a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.