SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a Campbell woman amid a crime spree last week has been arrested in West Sacramento.

San Jose police said 33-year-old Paul Ray Castillo was taken into custody on Sunday night.

“Our officers will often follow the case even if it leaves this jurisdiction here in San Jose,” said San Jose police spokesperson Jose Garcia. “In this case, they were on the trail. Once they obtained certain leads, they went into West Sacramento. We had sufficient officers with our special operations unit for them to be able to safely take them into custody.”

Castillo began his alleged rampage on Friday morning when police claim he shot a 42-year-old man during a robbery at a Chevron gas station in Willow Glen.

That victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive after suffering non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect then fled the scene in a Nissan 300Z that had been reported stolen more than a week earlier. The car was found nearby at The Plant shopping center at Monterey Road and Curtner Avenue.

Police said 60-year-old Cindy Nguyen, a Campbell resident, was carjacked at that center around noon after she had stopped there reporting problems with her car.

“We know that he approached her and subsequently kidnapped her and took her car,” said Garcia. “Later that evening, the officers spotted the suspect in Cindy Nguyen’s car over in the northeast part of San Jose where they had a confrontation with him. They discharged a firearm and he fled on foot and escaped.”

Nguyen’s body was found Saturday morning in a home on the 500 block of North 12th Street.

Nguyen was a popular Vietnamese-American radio host and also the office manager at PN Real Estate. Her colleagues were stunned by the news that she had been killed.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“It’s a giant loss for the community, not just her family. There are a lot of friends and co-workers that loved her,” said Nick Pham, the owner of PN Real Estate.

Pham said Nguyen last talked to her co-workers on Friday.  She told them she was going to be late for work but that a man had stopped to help her with her car.

“She’s so friendly that she would shake everyone’s hand,” said Pham. “The reason why she didn’t want us to come out (and help her) is because there was someone else that was helping her.”

Nguyen was a single mom with three children. Her colleagues are planning a memorial event later this week.

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Comments (13)
  1. PLW says:

    Get ready for more crime increases throughout California as State Prisons start releasing paroled prisoners to County Agencies to care, maintain, and educate. California Cities and Counties have had to cut their law enforcement and Court budgets by cutting personnel, salaries, and work hours. It would be funny, if it was not so scary! Welcome to CALIFORNIA!!!!!!!

  2. Tall Paul 415 says:

    And people wonder why buzzcut Mexican’s are looked down upon???

    1. An eye for an eye says:

      I already thought he would be a MEXICAN and I am not wrong at all. Look at his fu cking last name. But hey, keep the parole system in place so that more innocent Americans would be killed. What a great justice! WoW!!!!! It makes me sick

      1. Dee says:

        I am sick of seeing M…..who involve in crime and violence in our society . If you come to San Jose , keep away from Story rd – King Rd – Capitol Expressway where M……community is messy with gangs and welfare benefit receivers

  3. john Long says:

    burn him alive!

  4. Bob Peterson says:

    This dirt bag should have been shot on sight. No taking him into custody.
    Just blow him away.

  5. whoa says:

    We will spend millions on this POS. Kill him now!!!! This wimp as s State we live in will drain every last buck out of us to protect this POS.

  6. seriously! says:

    So he is a parolee and now he claimed a life of a single mother and wounded a man. This SOB need to be kill. Stop waiting tax payers money to keep him alive in prison.

  7. robocom says:

    He is one of the reasons why we in California need to overhaul out Capital Punishment process. It costs millions of extra dollars every year over life in prison because we do not carry out the sentence. Carry out the sentence.

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  9. Whoa says:

    He will live better in Jail then he was on the streets. We are through as a state. Chain gangs on the streets to clean the garbage and the graffitti that has gone rampant in San Jose on the freeways. if they try to escape, shoot them. If they fail to work. dont feed them. Make the SOB’s where pink striped clothes. Put them in dresses for all I care. Make it embarrassing to be a criminal not comfortable.

  10. Dee says:


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