|For Immediate Release
Case # 07CM07783July 30, 2007
OFF-DUTY COP CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING
WOMAN OUTSIDE FULLERTON BAR
SANTA ANA – An off-duty police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman in the parking lot of a Fullerton bar after a night of drinking. Peter Henry Castro, 26, Orange, who was an officer of the Anaheim Police Department, has been charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault and battery. He faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted. The defendant was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the Central Justice Center is Santa Ana.
On June 19, 2007 at approximately 1:45 a.m., an intoxicated Castro is accused of being kicked out of the Slide Bar in Fullerton after becoming belligerent toward the bar manager and doorman. While standing out in the parking lot, Castro is accused of approaching the open window of a car where two women were seated and tugging on the seatbelt of the woman in the driver’s seat. The passenger got out of the car and Castro is accused of attacking her. He is accused of grabbing her, pulling her hair, and repeatedly punching her. Several bystanders helped to hold the defendant down until Fullerton Police officers arrived.
Deputy District Attorney Andre Manssourian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.