On September 15, 2015, around 11:15 PM, deputies responded to the area of South Chantilly and Ethington Road, in Moscow Mills (unincorporated Lincoln County) for a report of a person discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle traveling south along South Chantilly.
According to the victim, she was traveling south on South Chantilly when she approached the bridge near Ethington Road. The victim observed a person walk out to the middle of the road and discharged a handgun at her, four of which struck the vehicle. Law enforcement was unable to apprehend the suspect.
In early October, the Sheriff’s Office requested public assistance in identifying and locating a suspect found trespassing on a property where a hunter observed him carrying multiple long-guns and handguns. The hunter took several pictures of the suspect, which was later dubbed the Bigfoot Burglary by local media.
On October 16, 2015, detectives began investigating a burglary along the 400 block of South Chantilly, in unincorporated Lincoln County, where multiple handguns and long-guns were stolen.
Through public assistance, the suspect was identified as 22-year old, Gabriel Castle, of Moscow Mills (unincorporated Lincoln County), and was later arrested. A search warrant of Castle’s property located the stolen weapons reported earlier along the 400 block of South Chantilly. During the course of the investigation, detectives found a Beretta .25 caliber handgun found in the family’s gun cabinet.
In November 2015 the Sheriff’s Office received a ballistic report conducted by the Missouri Highway Patrol Crime Lab who concluded the shell casing found at the shooting scene matched the Beretta .25 caliber recovered at Castle’s residence. According to the same report, the bullets that struck the victim’s vehicle could have come from the same weapon; however, due to insufficient amount of corresponding individual characteristics of the bullets, neither identifications nor eliminations could be established. The investigation continued with the assistance of the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office and last week a grand jury indicted Castle.
Castle was subsequently charged with Felony First Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action and remains in the Lincoln County Jail under an additional bond of $250,000.00 cash only. Castle was previously charged with Burglary and five county of Stealing of a Firearm and under a bond of $250,000.00 cash only.