By Katie Nilsson
ROCKFORD (WREX) - Rockford police won't release a motive in Monday morning's double murder but now believe the victims knew the man accused of killing them. Many details are being kept quiet because of the ongoing investigation.
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato wants neighbors to know they don't believe anyone else was at risk. "We do not believe that this was a random act and we do believe that Mr. Castillo was in fact acting alone," said Bruscato.
Police believe 26-year-old Alexander Castillo went to the 21st Street home of Michael and Christa Clark early Monday morning and shot them both. Autopsies show Christa was hit several times; Michael just once. There were two kids inside at the time who were not hurt. Police wouldn't say if the children saw anything or if they were sleeping at the time. Both were taken into protective custody and may be staying with family now. "I think the important thing to focus on right now is that the children were unharmed through this event the details of that would be part of the investigation it would also be part of future prosecution," said Bruscato.
Rockford Police Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark talked a little bit about how the department handles crimes involving kids. He wouldn't speak to this particular case, but says often times the Department of Children and Family Services and family are notified after a crime. "The main objective is not to traumatize the kids any further than what they already have been."
Investigators believe Castillo knew the Clarks, but they wouldn't say what kind of relationship he had with them. He was arrested late Monday in Janesville. Castillo faces four counts of first degree murder. If convicted, each charge carries a minimum sentence of 45 years in prison. Bruscato said police did an excellent job investigating this case. He gave credit to those officers and police in Janesville who arrested Castillo. "We were very fortunate to develop leads very quickly and make an arrest but that doesn't prevent completion and good police work by the Rockford Police Department."
Castillo is being held without bond in Rock County Jail. He'll be extradited back to Winnebago County, but investigators weren't sure when.
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