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Posted on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

Police confirm arrest of 43-year-old man in I-96 corridor roadway shootings

By John Counts


Police searched this home in Wixom and took a man into custody Monday night.

AP photo

This story has been updated with information from a report in the Detroit Free Press revealing the man's name.

A 43-year-old Wixom man was arrested in connection with the I-96 corridor shootings reported in Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties the past few weeks, police confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

A news release issued Tuesday by the task force comprised of the 10 law enforcement agencies investigating the 24 shootings, said the man drove a vehicle witnesses have described to police.

"The arrest was the result of information derived during the investigation over the past few days," the release said.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting the man's name is Raulie Wayne Casteel. According to the report, Casteel may suffer from mental illness.

Members of the task force arrested Casteel at his residence Monday night after a search warrant was executed in Wixom in the area of Loon Lake Road and Kings Crown Court, MLive reported. This corroborates earlier media reports that indicated police executed a search warrant at the home Monday.

"Potential evidence has been seized during this arrest and will be evaluated by our crime laboratories," the release continued. "Additionally, the suspect is known to have driven a vehicle matching the vehicle description provided by one of the victims."

Authorities were not releasing any more information pending more investigation. Prosecutors from four counties and the U.S. Attorney's Office will also have to look into the evidence to determine possible charges, according to the release.

MLive reported that while a press conference related to the arrest has not been announced, Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth said he will be available to receive questions from the media at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Police have already sifted through more than 2,800 tips. Regardless, the task force encourages citizens to report any information leading to potential suspects.

Anonymous tips can be reported to 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tips can also be reported to any local police agency. There is a $102,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Police said they think Casteel was using a handgun. Evidence has been collected linking nine of the shootings to the same gun. One victim suffered a nonfatal gunshot wound to the buttocks. Authorities believe Casteel was shooting from a moving vehicle in most of the reported instances, according to MLive.



Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Per the Detroit News this morning, Mr. Casteel was pro-gun and anti-government. Gee, what a surprise! Oh, and he graduated from MSU.

Rose Garden

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:26 p.m.

What does this imply? You should have said, "He graduated from college."

Joe Hood

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 4:56 a.m.

How does this guy not have a Facebook or LinkedIn page? Weird.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 11:27 p.m.

A gun also was seized, said Donald Dawkins, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Detroit office. His car -- which matches the description of the black four-door vehicle believed to have been used in 24 shootings across four counties since Oct. 16 -- was seized, said Michigan State Police Capt. Monica Yesh. From Freep


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

So you can't post his name but you can post a picture of the house with the address displayed?

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 6:38 a.m.

The story has been updated. Please note that although online research like reverse searches can provide potential names, but you never know who else not officially listed on record may be residing at the home and we do not want to make assumptions in our report.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

reverse look-up, address...... but who cares..... hopefully they picked up the right guy, no matter what his name is....


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

House, address, vehicles... Silly reporters I got an awesome program on the computer that allowed me zoom in on the plate numbers... Bet I can beat to identifying this guy


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

Did he vote absentee first?


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 12:41 a.m.

Ann English: It depends on which state you live in if you are a convicted felon.

Ann English

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

If he is the one police have been looking for, doesn't a conviction make him a felon? Felons can't vote for the rest of their lives.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

Best comment today haha!!


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:49 p.m.

I say high five to the citizen involved in tips, clues, etc... I also say charge this guy with terrorism. Why not when events and routes have had to be changed just for people to feel safer?


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:50 p.m.

citizens, sorry for the oops

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:40 p.m.

as others have said...I hope he is the guy...and the only guy.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

Let`s hope this is the guy and will end this particular binge of madness

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:39 p.m.


music to my ear

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:33 p.m.

thank God may the people in that area have a great holiday imagine, the fear driving in that area.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

I hope this is the idiot, and the search will be over. (As well as the election)

John Counts

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 7:54 p.m.

Hi FrankOZ. Police haven't released any pictures or info on whether the man arrested resembles the sketch. It's the general policy of police to not release a booking picture until after a suspect is arraigned on charges.

Honest Abe

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 7:51 p.m.

If this is the right guy, kudos to everyone who brought this piece of trash to justice.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 7:49 p.m.

Do you know if he appears to resemble the sketch connected to the shootings?


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

There's a picture of him now on mlive!