FALL RIVER (WBSM) — A Connecticut man has been charged with murder in connection with the Dec. 23, 2023, shooting death of Juan Manuel Batista Castro in Fall River.

Angel Fabian Robles-Nicasio, 22, is accused of murder, carrying an illegal firearm and conspiracy to traffic cocaine. He was arrested, along with 11 others in Connecticut, in an unrelated matter: as a result of a long-term investigation into a pattern of racketeering and gang activity.

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He was charged with corrupt organization and racketeering and was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

When first responders arrived at 326 Bank St. the day before Christmas Eve, they found Castro, 44, on the porch, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Due to the murder charges, Robles-Nicasio cannot be released from custody even if he posts his Connecticut bail. In the coming days, he will be arraigned as a fugitive from justice in Connecticut.

According to police, Robles-Nicasio will return to Massachusetts for arraignment in Fall River District Court on the murder and firearm charges if he waives rendition in the Connecticut arraignment. If he refuses, the process for returning and facing Massachusetts charges would take longer.

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