The U.S. Marshals Service announced the addition of suspected murderer Peter Castillo (see photo) to its 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List. On May 10, 2012, Castillo allegedly shot and killed 22 year-old Stephen Perez, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, following an altercation in the Boston Theater District. Castillo was immediately identified as the shooter by the Boston Police Department and an arrest warrant charging the suspect with murder was issued. Shortly after the incident, Castillo allegedly fled to New York then to the Dominican Republic. In addition to being wanted for the murder of Stephen Perez, a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was also issued.
Said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton: “The U.S. Marshals Service reserves our 15 Most Wanted list for the worst of the worst fugitives accused of the most egregious crimes. Peter Castillo’s alleged crimes have made him the latest addition to the list, earning him the full attention of the U.S. Marshals Service. We will use every available resource to bring him to justice.”
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Castillo’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1 (800) 336-0102.
The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.