Local real estate agent cyber-stalking probe may reach across US
McLennan County deputies made an arrest Monday in Lubbock in the search for a cyber-stalker who was targeting female real estate agents in the Waco area and threatening to sexually assault their children, but authorities say what started as a local investigation may now stretch far beyond Central Texas.
McLennan County sheriff’s Det. Joseph Scaramucci and a team of investigators served a warrant Monday morning and arrested Andy Castillo, 56, at a Lubbock residence.
He was booked into the Lubbock County Jail Monday morning.
He’s facing charge of criminal solicitation to commit aggravated sexual assault of a child, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said Monday morning.
"This ended up much larger than what we ever imagined," McNamara said.
About a half-dozen female agents in the Waco area received sexually explicit photographs sent from cellphone numbers they didn’t recognize as well as photos of their children, evidently copied from social media pages accompanied by descriptions of what the stalker or stalkers would like to do to the children sexually.
"I just think they are twisted sexual individuals and they're getting some sort of pleasure out of it,” Scaramucci said earlier.
The stalker or stalkers evidently used apps to mask the numbers from which the images and messages were sent, but finally made a mistake, he said.
"You know eventually your day comes so if you are doing these types of crimes and you are victimizing you're only going to be lucky for so long and one of these days we're going to come knocking," he said.
McLennan County investigators are now in the process of contacting authorities in cities across the country including Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and San Antonio to determine whether they’ve received similar reports of cyber-stalking targeting female agents.
The local investigation may also link to similar cases in Tucson, Ariz.; Anaheim, Berkley, Irvine, San Jose and Santa Clara, Calif; Broward County and Daytona Beach, Fla.; New Orleans; Reno, Nevada; Albany and Manhattan, N.Y.; Beaufort, S.C.; Seattle, Wash., and Washington, D.C.