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Johnny M. Castro

A man used a large kitchen knife to threaten two other men Wednesday night, following a series of domestic assaults, landing him in jail on a bundle of charges.

Johnny M. Castro, 32, allegedly fought with a woman, a child and two of the woman’s relatives, police said.

Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, police went to an apartment in the 1100 block of S. Tabor on the report of a fight in progress. It was the second time they were there that night, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

They had been there earlier due to a noise complaint, but left after resolving the issue, Brown said.  

According to the police report, upon their arrival, the officers learned that Castro had been abusive to his 40-year-old female domestic partner and her three children -- two boys ages 10 and 12 and a 15-year-old girl.

The woman said Castro pulled her hair, pulled her to the ground and hit the 12-year-old boy in the face.

Two of the woman's relatives, Kenneth and Edward Delso, ages 26 and 21 respectively, then went to the apartment to confront Castro. The Delsos fought Castro inside the house and following the fight, Castro grabbed a large kitchen knife, brandished it and threatened to kill the Delsos, Brown said.

After further investigation, Brown said officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Castro for three felonies -- terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, and felony child abuse; as well as two counts of misdemeanor child abuse since two other children were present during the incident, plus disturbing the peace and third-degree mutual assault. 

Castro was taken to the emergency room staff at Great Plains Regional Medical Center, where he was medically cleared, and jailed. He has no previous charges in Lincoln County, according to sheriff's records.

Both Delsos were also cited for third-degree mutual assault for their roles in the fight, Brown said.

After sunup Thursday, Kenneth Delso was stopped at D and Reynolds by a Nebraska state trooper for driving on a suspended license and failure to have insurance.

When Castro was arraigned In court Thursday, he told Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull that part of the trouble was because people came into his house uninvited and jumped him.

Turnbull said the events would be considered as the case proceeded. He told Castro that weapons charges require higher bonds and set bond at 10 percent of $25,000. Turnbull also issed a no-contact order if Castro pays his bond and gets out.

If convicted on the weapons charge, Castro faces a maximum of 50 years imprisonment, with a minimum of one year. He asked for a court-appointed attorney.  

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/27/2014
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