Person of Interest Arrested in Ysasaga Murder Case

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A person of interest in the murder of Mark Ysasaga was arrested Friday by Lubbock Police on unrelated charges.

Christian Castro, 19, and another man were charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Those charges are related to an incident Thursday morning about 4:00 am in the 4900 block of 11th Street.

Castro has not been charged for the murder of Ysasaga as of Friday afternoon. But police said he is a “person of interest” in that case.

Police said he might be charged for the murder or he might be cleared entirely. Police emphasized that he is in every way a “person of interest” but nothing more.

Mark Ysasaga disappeared at the age of 15 in June of 2012.

On May 14 the case changed from missing person to murder. Police found enough blood evidence under the floorboards of a house in the 3100 block of 27th Street to pursue a murder charge.  A suspect, Jose Angel Simental, 20, was charged and brought back from a state prison (serving time for burglary) to the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Some of the names in the Simental arrest warrant have been blacked out from public view, and Castro’s name might be one of them. 

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