Montrose man in custody after threatening multiple government agencies
MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a Montrose man after threatening multiple government agencies and Wells Fargo. On March 11, the Twitter account now suspended @L1ccastrellonwhose username was “christiancastrellon,” sent several tweets threatening violence, according to an affidavit obtained by KREX.
The first threat read, “I will attack homeland security. I want to do a lot of damage. I hate USA,” and the user tagged the Department of Homeland Security. This was followed by a tweet at the FBI field office in Denver that read, “I want to place explosives in the FBI Department building in Denver and I am.”
A third threatening message was sent to the official Colorado account, @coloradogov, which read, “I will attack the Department of Human Services throughout Colorado. I am a real killer. The user continued to publicly express hatred and violence towards others with statements such as “God will not be there for what I seek for the United States” and “I want to kill people. [sic] the population of the United States.
Convinced that the author of these tweets was actively planning to kill and harm others, the FBI filed an emergency disclosure request with Twitter to determine the origin of the messages. Following the request, Twitter provided agents with an IP address of 188.8.131.52. Investigators found the IP address was associated with a Charter Communications account at an address in Montrose.
FBI personnel were informed by the Montrose Police Department (MPD) that an individual named Christian Castrellon was known to live at the address. Castrellon was known to the MPD for several calls for service at the residence dating back to 2013, including a 2019 incident in which he threatened to engage in a shootout with responding officers.
Independent of the FBI’s investigation into the social media posts, MPD had received a call from Wells Fargo Bank Vice President of Corporate Security, Rudy Espinoza, stating that a person with the same name had also contacted them. sent threatening tweets. Specifically one that said, “I’m planning a multi-wellsfargo shootout [sic] places”, and others which spoke about the mental state of the author. Another tweet forwarded included a photo of what appears to be an Uzi-style gun.
Following the collection of the aforementioned evidence, US Magistrate Judge Gorden Gallagher issued an arrest warrant for Christian Castrellon. In the early afternoon of March 11, MPD observed a vehicle registered in the name of a member of the Castrellon family in a restaurant in Montrose.
As MPD officers approached the vehicle, Castrellon and a woman exited the facility. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Montrose Police Department at this time.
After his initial appearance, Castrellon was returned to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.