Dallas PD Has a "Person of Interest" in Murder of M Streets Teen

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Dagoberto Castanon
Dallas police think they have a lead in the death of 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez.

At a press conference this morning, Deputy Chief Gil Garza Dagoberto identified 24-year-old Dagoberto Castanon, a convicted car thief, as a "person of interest" in the Tuesday morning M Streets car crash that killed Vasquez.

Vasquez was riding to school at William B. Travis Academy with his mother when a stolen minivan ran a stop sign at Homer Street and Monticello Avenue and broadsided their Nissan Versa. The crash is being investigated as a capital murder.

Police still don't know who was driving the van, but two days of collecting evidence, reviewing dash-cam footage from the Highland Park squad car that had been chasing the minivan, and interviewing witnesses has given them some leads.

They say two men ran from the wrecked minivan and that they left behind a cell phone, gun, crowbar, and other burglary equipment. One of the guys was reportedly wearing a white shirt and white hat and bleeding.

Castanon, 5-foot-9 inches and 175 pounds, hasn't been named a suspect. Police just want to talk with him to see what he knows.

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chuckcurtis67
chuckcurtis67

ICE spends $2.8 billion to remove criminal aliens.  And this is what we get from a guy like Castanon:
    2006 (when he was 16 years old), put on probation for auto theft and evading arrest
    2011 (when he was 21 years old), probation for theft and earlier probation revoked
    2012, deported
    2014, in a van full of burglary tools and weapons that hits an innocent kid and his mom

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Well, you had to get to the very bottom of the latest DMN report before this little gem, which is now some kind of sick joke:

"Castanon was deported to Mexico in October 2012."

The guy's got a conviction sheet, no drivers license, fled the scene of a fatal hit and run leaving a stolen mini-van, an AR-15, and burglar tools.  

How can an illegal alien who has been arrested and convicted of felonies be back in the U.S. to kill?

This guy entered the country illegally, committed a series of crimes, was caught multiple times, finally deported and came right back across, then killed a kid while fleeing the police.

And the press hides the most notorious part of the story why?

Hey press.  These criminals cross the border into the this country to engage in crime sprees because they are ghosts over here, and if they aren't caught at the border, they are no longer apprehended by local police because the Feds refuse to process them.  It's now like that "Catch me if you can" movie.  But in reality, this guy's no Leonardo DiCaprio, and this ain't Hollywood.

You would think, aside from the dereliction of duty aspect by editors across the nation, that this is going to hurt the Democrats' amnesty push since people are noticing the ABSENCE of reporting and analysis.  The AP Style Book is making you look like idiots.

Is this "smart" reporting or is it enabling?

And does a paper that banner headlines a recanted child rape charge by a defeated judge also bear some moral responsibility in the death of another child?

What's it gonna take?

A Saturday Night Live skit?

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

My guess is, you might find this guy south of the boarder now if you want to question him

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

The kid looks Mexican, not Italian.

So Dago berto ??

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

The strategy of letting these guys out time and time again when they should stay in jail is obvious.

In states with carry permits, there's a much greater chance they'll eventually get the death penalty - with very little cost to the taxpayer.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Why am i not surprised at the ethnicity of the "person of interest" and the comment below about his not having a driver's license?


What is the spread that the eagle faces the wrong way on his Social Security Card?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

When my car was stolen in LA, I got it back in about 3months, and it was full of really top-dollar link-cutters, crowbars, and all sorts of great stuff. Thanks amigos!

TexMarine
TexMarine

Why do white liberals all think that latinos have interchangeable last names?

"Deputy Chief Gil Garza Dagoberto identified 24-year-old Dagoberto Castanon, a convicted car thief,"

Ps..too late myrna

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

WTF THE CHIEF HAS THE SAME LAST NAME AS THE FIRST NAME OF THE SUSPECT!  

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Dagoberto Castanon has been arrested and convicted multiple time but has no drivers license. and He's 27, not 24.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Eric, you might want to edit the Chief's name before the vultures swoop in and eviscerate you. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@NAMBLA

Anyone burdened with the first name "Dagoberto" is gonna grow up with certain issues.

It's Mexican slang for "dumbass".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

...you might want to edit the chief's name...

What is his name - Hyram Ellis Goldwaith III?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@casiepierce

It's Deputy Chief Gil Garza, and yeah, UP could use an extra set of eyes.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

This guy hates minivans and loves young boys

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

yeah, commenting on your assertion that "bottom dwelling garbage people with no respect for human life, love to drive" MINIVANS.....

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@WhyDontYouJoinNAMBLA

"it's just the sort of vehicle these bottom dwelling garbage people with no respect for human life, love to drive"

minivans? seriously?

that's a good laugh. thanks.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tpfkap

Ezra Perris Waloon, the man who invented the handling characteristics of 70's era Cadillacs. They would Waloon down the road.

Actually Brock Yates invented the term, but I'm not a stickler for accuracy.

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