North Carolina teenager added to FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list
CHARLOTTE - A North Carolina man has been added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list.
The FBI and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) are currently seeking the public's help in locating Alejandro "Alex" Castillo, 18, from Charlotte, North Carolina. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the teenager.
Castillo is allegedly responsible for the 2016 murder of Truc Quan "Sandy" Ly Le -- a 23-year-old woman in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is believed to have fled to Mexico in August 2016 after his alleged crime.
Truc Quan "Sandy" Ly Le's body was found in a county just outside of Charlotte on August 17, 2016. The case initially began as three separate missing person reports for Castillo, Ly Le, and Ahmia "Mia" Feaster.
The three has worked together at a restaraunt in Charlotte. The investigation, led by CMPD, uncovered evidence that Ly Le had lent Castillo money. Text messages showed that Castillo wanted to meet Ly Le on August 9, 2016 to repay the loan.
The victim's vehicle was located in Phoenix, Arizona, at a bus station on August 15, 2016. Castillo and Feaster crossed the border into Mexico. Then, Feaster surrendered to authorities in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on October 20, 2016.
Feaster is now facing several state charges related to the murder, including accessory after the fact.
Castillo's last known residence was in Charlotte. Officials confirm that he has family ties to Phoenix, Arizona and was last seen on surveillance video crossing the border into Mexico.
Authorities believe Castillo may reside in San Francisco de los Romo or Pabellon de Arteaga in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes. He may have also traveled to the states of Guanajuato or Veracruz. Castillo speaks both English and Spanish.
A state arrest warrant was issued in the District Court of North Carolina for Mecklenburg County on November 2, 2016. It charges Castillo with First Degree Murder. On February 10, 2017, a federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, charging Castillo with Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.
"We appreciate the FBI's assistance and resources in the search for this wanted man. Now, we need help for the community -- in Charlotte, in Arizona, and in Mexico -- to located Mr. Castillo, so that we can provide some sense of closure to Sandy Ly Le's family," CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney, said. "We must all work together to bring this man to justice."
Officials confirm that Castillo should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on Castillo's whereabouts should call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.