Release denied suspect in assault, threat case.

Author:Ring, Kim

Byline: Kim Ring

EAST BROOKFIELD -- A judge ruled Wednesday that a 32-year-old Spencer man is too dangerous to be released from custody after he allegedly held his girlfriend hostage and exposed himself to a police dispatcher after he was arrested earlier this month.

Jeff M. Castro of 8 Sunset Lane, Spencer, was arrested Jan. 8 after his girlfriend called police and told them he'd held her and his father captive in the living room, threatening to kill her and telling her "he would kill any children if I'm pregnant and cut the baby out of my stomach,'' the woman said in a written statement.

Mr. Castro had been arrested in a similar incident last year, according to court documents.

Police went to Sunset Lane and found the woman at the corner of the street and Mr. Castro outside the home with his hands clasped behind his head in a position Officer David Allen wrote indicated he was surrendering.

After he was booked on charges of assault and battery on a family member and placed in a cell, a dispatcher could hear him shouting and banging and went to the cell block to check on him, the report states.

Police said he asked her for cigarettes and was denied, then pulled down his pants and made hand gestures that she found...

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