On February 4, 2022, at around 2059 hours, Deputy Tony Warren, Deputy Mitch Kegley, and Sergeant Joe Riggers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Murdock Mini Mart in Murdock, Washington. Dispatch advised a female subject had assaulted a male subject. Dispatch also reported both subjects appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
At around 2104 hours, Deputy Warren arrived and contacted the male and female in a passenger vehicle in the parking lot of the Murdock Mini Mart. Deputy Warren initially spoke with the male subject who identified himself as Ronald Brooks of Bellingham, Washington. Deputy Warren provided dispatch with Brooks information and dispatch advised of mutual protection orders between Brooks and a female named Ana Castro. Dispatch advised the orders were issued out of Bellingham, Washington.
Deputy Warren observed minor injuries on Brooks and noted Brooks appeared to be intoxicated. Brooks stated he and the female subject had only been arguing.
After Sergeant Riggers and Deputy Kegley arrived, Deputy Warren attempted to speak with the female. The female declined to identify herself, or say what had happened. A witness came forward advising the witness had observed the female assault Brooks.
Deputy Warren requested dispatch contact the Bellingham Police Department to find out if they had a photograph of Castro. A short time later, the Bellingham Police Department emailed a copy of the photograph of Castro. Deputy Warren, Deputy Kegley, and Sergeant Riggers compared the photograph of Castro with the female, and confirmed the female was Castro. Castro was shown the picture and she confirmed she was Castro.
The mutual protection orders prevented Castro from having contact with Brooks and also prohibited Brooks from having contact with Castro. Brooks was arrested without incident, but Castro had armed herself with a set of large toe nail clippers, and was saying the deputies would have to kill her. Castro had barricaded herself inside of the vehicle.
Deputy Warren and Sergeant Riggers both made attempts to talk with Castro, but she continued to be uncooperative. Detective Robert Bianchi who is a certified negotiator was called out to try reasoning with Castro.
Castro was told many times she was under arrest, but she continued to not cooperate. After a period of time, Deputy Warren was able to pull Castro from the vehicle with the assistance of Sergeant Riggers and a Washington State Patrol Trooper, who had stopped by to assist.
Castro began to physically resist being arrested and was taken to the ground. While Castro was fighting her arrest, Castro bit Deputy Warren on his right calf muscle. Castro was given multiple orders to stop biting Deputy Warren, resulting in Sergeant Riggers having to apply pressure with a pen to Castro’s jaw to get her to stop biting Deputy Warren’s calf muscle.
Castro was then secured in handcuffs and the Dallesport Medics responded to evaluate Castro for any possible injuries. Deputy Warren noted Castro appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Brooks was booked into the Klickitat County Jail for “Violation of a Protection order” and Castro was booked into the Klickitat County Jail for “Assault in the Third Degree”, “Resisting Arrest”, “Violation of a Protection Order”, and “Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence”.
Brooks is being held on $15,000.00 bail, and Castrol is being held on $20,000.00 bail.
Deputy Warren sustained only minor injuries in the incident.
The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Washington State Patrol, Dallesport Medics, and the Emergency Management 911 operators for their assistance in handling the situation.
Sheriff Songer would like to thank the witnesses for reporting the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and would like to commend Deputy Warren, Deputy Kegley, Detective Bianchi, and Sergeant Riggers for their professionalism in handling this difficult subject. The law enforcement officers showed extreme restraint and patients in dealing with this situation.z