Jupiter man arrested for alleged role in string of robberies, assaults

JUPITER, Fla. - Police arrested a Jupiter man Tuesday for a string of robberies near his neighborhood, in which victims were beaten as someone reached into their pockets.

Jordin Castro, 18, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. He is facing three counts of robbery and one count of burglary with assault.

Castro was arrested by Jupiter Police after three different victims identified him as the suspect who beat them or threatened them with a knife during three separate robberies in Jupiter, near Fern Street and Hepburn Avenue.

The first robbery took place on Dec. 16. Francisco Javier Lucas Vail told police that he was walking within the bounds of his complex off Fern Street when he was attacked from behind with a strike to the head. Vail said he was repeatedly hit and kicked by a man he recognized as Castro.

On Dec. 25, two robberies were reported where Castro was again named the suspect.

First, 44-year-old Miguel Silvestre said he was attacked while sleeping in front of his home in the 100 block of North Hepburn Avenue around 5 a.m. Silvestre suffered a broken nose and a cut to his upper lip during the assault.

Then, 20-year-old Wilfredo Alvarez-Agoc said that also sometime around 5 a.m., he was attacked while walking down Fern Street. Alvarez-Agoc told police that he walked by a group of men where he recognized a man he knew as George, who was later identified as Castro.

Alvarez-Agoc said he kept walking when Castro walked up behind him with a "black-handled knife," approximately six-inches long and said, "You're going to give me everything you got." During the robbery, Alvarez-Agoc said that Castro kicked him in the face and the men in the group hit him, as well.

Once in custody, Castro confessed to robbing Vail, working as the lookout during Silvestre's assault and denied being involved in Alvarez-Agoc's robbery. Castro added, however, that he had gotten into a fight where he punched someone earlier in the night, when he was questioned about Alvarez-Agoc's incident.