Chicago firefighter, son accused in attack

November 29, 2011 3:47:36 PM PST
A Chicago firefighter allegedly teamed up with his son in the beating of a man in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Eduardo Castro, 48, and his son, Eduardo Junior, 24, are charged with robbery and aggravated battery for the alleged incident, which occurred on Saturday. Castro Senior also faces charges of resisting a police officer.

The pair appeared in bond court Tuesday. Bond was set at $75,000 each.

The elder Castro is a long time Chicago firefighter who is currently on furlough.

Prosecutors say the father and son spotted a man they know and attacked him in the 3200 block of South Aberdeen, reportedly getting out of their car, restraining him, punching him repeatedly and driving off with his jacket, which contained his wallet and cell phone. The victim sustained a broken nose. Both Castros were arrested the next day.

Prosecutors say Castro Jr. was convicted of weapons charges two years ago. Eduardo Sr. has been with the Chicago Fire Department for 20 years. Prosecutors say he has been arrested a number times but has not been convicted.

After this latest incident, fire commissioner Robert Hoff issued this statement: "I know the Chicago Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation of these allegations. If they prove to be true then I assure you our own disciplinary process will deal with this member in the appropriate way." Commissioner Hoff goes on to say that the alleged incident does not represent the men and women of the Chicago Fire Department.

Father and son will be back in court next week.

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