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Posted on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

Suspect in I-96 corridor shootings faces weapons charges, $2 million bond

By Staff


Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse speaks during a press conference at the 53rd District Court on Howell on Wednesday afternoon. Raulie Casteel was arraigned on charges in connection the the string of I-96 corridor shootings.

Joseph Tobianski |

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Raulie Casteel

HOWELL — Raulie Casteel, the 43-year-old man suspected in the I-96 corridor shootings, faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and other gun charges, MLive reported.

A district court judge set bond for Casteel at $2 million during a hearing Wednesday in Howell. Casteel could face up to seven years in prison. He is charged with firing from an automobile, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and three felony firearm possession charges.


ATF Special Agent in Charge David McCain speaks during a press conference at the 53rd District Court on Howell on Wednesday afternoon.

Joseph Tobianski |

Casteel was arrested Monday at his home in Wixom. He's suspected of 24 shootings, mostly at moving vehicles. They occurred in four counties along a 100-mile stretch of the I-96 corridor beginning Oct. 16. One person was wounded.

Casteel was charged Wednesday in connection with a shooting incident Oct. 18. Prosecutors believe he fired from his vehicle with a 9-millimeter pistol at a woman driving on Interstate 96 near the 135 mile marker.

Livingston County Prosecutor David L. Morse said charges are likely in the coming days related to incidents that occurred in Oakland County.

Casteel's next court date was scheduled for Nov. 14, the Associated Press reported.

Casteel's attorney is Douglas R. Mullkoff of Ann Arbor, MLive reported. He said in court that he had not yet met with his client.

Casteel's mother Lana Hunt has told the Detroit Free Press that she's worried her son might be mentally ill, but he refuses to see a doctor.



Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

Isn't firing from an automobile the same as firing from a vehicle?


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:15 p.m.

Sounds like he has drank too much tea


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 9:21 p.m.

You can say that again!

Paul Rohan

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

Thank god they caught him before lives were lost. The judicial system needs work. Some guy gets mandatory five years for having some crack in his pocket, yet this guy might only get 7 years and he was attempting to murder numerous people.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

Thank you to all the law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly and diligently to catch this man. I'm sure a lot of people are breathing easier these days. Mental illness or not ... he is clearly a danger. I hope he gets the help he needs.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 11:56 a.m.



Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

He had right-wing, anti-Obama stuff, postings on the computer they seized. Maybe the case can be enhanced by hate -crimes or threats to the President charges.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 11:55 a.m.

Thank God we (and you) live in a country where we can criticize our government, and even our President. I didn't see any tweets that indicated a hate crime.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:59 a.m.

he looks nothing like the drawing! Are you sure we don't have two shooters/

music to my ear

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:28 a.m.

seven years. for attempted murder he hit a guy in the buttocks.I am sure there is more to the story. he is trying to just end up in the hosp for mental illness. I hope it wont work I seen mental Illness,he had all his noodles.he knew exactly what he was doing.if he was peed at the government don't take it out on the general public .


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:35 a.m.

Hmm, when a family member thinks another family member might be mentally ill - is it wise and proper to then let the subject of their worry decide whether or not to seek a professional evaluation?

Laura Jones

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

You have identified the single major problem with our mental health system. It really doesn't matter who you tell, unless and until the person decides to get help or your suspect they are a danger to themselves or others, you cannot force them to get help. If she suspected he was the shooter - then she should have reported him. Otherwise, who should she have told?

music to my ear

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:32 a.m.

just his mom trying to make excuses. parents are devastated when these things happen to their children. it is her way of trying to protect him.sad but true.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:40 a.m.

Thank you to my fellow Ann Arborites and their caring and ability to take the time to understand mental illness and how 7 years in jail are just sure to cure that mental illness...


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Hey - there is a presumption of sanity just like presumption of innocence. What we "understand" at this point is that he is ALLEGED to have been randomly shooting at people and hit one of them.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:23 p.m.

You're right, I really do not care about his alleged mental illness. What I care about is that he is caught, will go to jail if convicted, and will not be shooting at anyone for the near future.

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:52 a.m.

What would you suggest, then? Don't citizens who haven't shot at anyone deserve a little protection, too?


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

You have a point but one still needs to insure public safety. Incarceration would ensure that he does not shoot at anyone else


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

He should get seven years for every shot that put a hole in a car! What a slap on the back of the hand. Just gives him time too think about his next plan. Shoot, shoot


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:57 a.m.

Hopefully seven years per shooting and they run them consecutively...


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

only the 2 yr felony firearm is consecutive to and preceding the other convictions. Nothing else here can be consecutive.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:17 a.m.

Oh boy. Who can you trust?


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:37 a.m.

I may be missing something but he does not sound mentally ill to me.

Tom Todd

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:51 p.m.

definitely expect to see more of this craziness around these parts in the future, these are mad max times.

Blue Marker

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:16 p.m.

I'm the gyro-captian, I called it!


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:48 a.m.

Who own Barter Town?

Jojo B

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:43 a.m.

I hope not. Tina Turner in chain mail is the second sign of the apocalypse.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:43 p.m.

Multiple attempted murders, and terrorizing everyone driving in SE MI should definitely net more than 7 years. Not to mention the amount of money spent catching this guy has to be up there. Give him to the people, we can sort it out.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

That's nice, this guy took it upon himself to enforce his beliefs so you want to do the same. Maybe we have laws and a court system for these things? Or maybe the government is the problem and 2nd amendment is the cure all.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:47 a.m.



Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

Pitch forks and torches ?


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

Only seven years? Max? Seems light to me.

Aaron Ohlrogge

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:53 p.m.

The 7 years is only for one of the incidents. More will be coming for other shootings that happened elsewhere. See paragraphs 4 and 5.