Lubbock Mayor 'very concerned' about LPD handling of Ysasaga case

Published: Jun. 19, 2015 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 18, 2015 at 10:12 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson had strong words for the Lubbock Police Department on Friday over their handling of the Mark Ysasaga case.

Though, no investigation has been initiated at this time, Robertson has not ruled out a need for it.

Sources close to the investigation tell KCBD that a person of interest in the investigation provided the tip that led Lubbock Police to Ysasaga's remains.

Police arrested Christian Castro on unrelated charges earlier this month, just days before the discovery.

Sources tell us that police told Castro to make the anonymous tip to Crime Line, then Castro received a $10,000 reward and was escorted out of town by police.

Ysasaga's mother, Anna, says they are thankful for the tip, because without it, her son may have never been found. Now, she prays for justice to be served on everyone who was involved.

In a statement posted to Facebook late Friday morning, Ysasaga said that she hopes LPD did not give the reward money to anyone who took part in her son's death.

She says they worked really hard to raise the $2,500 that they contributed to the reward, and that money could have helped them lay Mark to rest.

The mayor says his concerns are mostly with upper administration within the police department.

"I'm very concerned about those reports. What concerns me the most is that there's an assistant police chief involved in all of the allegations. This isn't one or two officers at the street level being alleged of doing something improper. This is somebody at the very top of the administration," Robertson said.

But the mayor says, in his opinion, it is still too early to initiate a formal investigation.

As an elected official, the mayor says he is not included in conversations about ongoing investigations. The charter for the city of Lubbock says the police chief would only communicate with the city manager, so any investigation of the police department would have to be authorized by the city manager.

The mayor tells us outside agencies could be called in to perform an investigation, if the city manager calls for it.

"I don't think you should ever have a police department investigating itself. That's not a good practice. That's not good transparency for the citizens," Robertson said.

"If it's issues that have to deal with state law, we would probably be looking at Texas Rangers. If it's violation of federal laws, probably be looking at the FBI."

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