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Key figure in Ysasaga murder investigation charged with assaulting pregnant woman

Christian Castro (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office) Christian Castro (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

A key figure in the Mark Ysasaga murder investigation is back in the Lubbock County Detention Center after he was accused of assaulting a pregnant woman early Wednesday morning. This is his second arrest for domestic violence since April.

Christian Castro is thought to be one of the last people to see Mark Ysasaga alive. He received a reward for information that led police to Ysasaga's body.

Castro has not been charged in Mark's murder.

Police received a call around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 17, 2016 about a domestic violence situation that happened in the 3300 block of Auburn St. in Lubbock.

According to the police report, the victim, a pregnant woman, said she was assaulted by Castro, leaving her with an injured and bloody mouth. After the assault, she contacted another person to pick her up immediately. When the person arrived, the woman and Castro began arguing in the yard of the home. The person saw Castro holding the woman "forcibly and pushing and pulling [the woman] around in a violent and aggressive manner," according to the report.

The report also says Castro verbally threatened to shoot the person picking up the woman.

When police arrived, the report says Castro had disappeared into the home. 

The report states that officers knocked on the door and did not get a response, but they saw a blood trail leading to the front door and a smashed window. Because of the allegations of violence and the blood, police went into the house. They found Castro laying on the couch, admittedly pretending he was asleep. He told officers he pretended he was asleep because he did not want to talk to them.

As he was being taken into custody, the police report says he resisted arrest and cursed the officers for being inside the house. He was carried out of the house by officers and was taken to the hospital for injuries on his hands. He was released from the hospital into the custody of the Lubbock County Detention Center. 

He was booked and charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest, and warrants stemming from his arrest in April. His bond has been set at $6,800.

This is the second domestic violence arrest for Castro since April. 

In April, the victim told police that Castro beat her and strangled her after they fought about Castro's use of her vehicle earlier that day. An officer observed a cut on the right side of the victim's lower lip and reported that the right side of her jaw was red and swollen.

The victim said Castro was involved in a shooting incident while driving that vehicle on Monday evening, just before coming to her house.

It happened a little before 8 p.m. at 52nd Street near University, just behind Home Depot.

Castro has not been charged in that shooting, but the victims say the shooter waved a gun at them and fired, damaging one of their vehicles, causing them to fear for their lives.

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