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The Times
  • Ex-boyfriend apprehended in N.C. in former Ilion woman's killing

  • Nearly two months ago, Deborah Massocco Castellano and her boyfriend at the time, Ryan Matthias, were arrested by Herkimer police after a domestic incident at her home, authorities said.

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  • Nearly two months ago, Deborah Massocco Castellano and her boyfriend at the time, Ryan Matthias, were arrested by Herkimer police after a domestic incident at her home, authorities said.
    Castellano, 47, soon broke off the relationship and moved to Maryland, yet Matthias continued to stalk and harass her, police said.
    Castellano, however, never reported the harassment to Maryland authorities, they said, and by May 4 the mother of two was dead, found repeatedly shot inside her vehicle – allegedly by Matthias.
    On Saturday, Matthias, 43, of Charlotte, N.C., was apprehended on an arrest warrant in North Carolina and is now awaiting extradition to Howard County, Md., to face murder charges in Castellano’s shooting death, officials said.
    Castellano’s body was discovered in a Toyota Corolla parked outside her apartment in Columbia, Md., after someone called 911 to report a woman who appeared to be injured.
    Police sought help from the public to identify a suspect, and last week they offered a $2,000 award for information leading to the killer’s arrest.
    Police knew Castellano recently had begun working as a gaming supervisor at the Maryland Live Casino in Columbia, after years spent working at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona.
    But after Castellano’s death, her family contacted police and told them they had been concerned for her safety.
    Investigators in Maryland confirmed Matthias had rented a car in North Carolina on May 3, the day before Castellano was killed, police said. The car was returned the day after her homicide, with more than 1,000 miles logged on the vehicle, Howard County police officials said Monday.
    Further investigation revealed additional information that led them to confirm Matthias as Castellano’s suspected killer, police said. As warrant was issued for his arrest and he was soon taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
    On Monday, Herkimer police confirmed Castellano and Matthias had been arrested on March 17 after an incident at 307 N. Caroline St. in the village. That address was listed as Castellano’s residence in her obituary.
    Police responded to the location at about 9:20 a.m. that Sunday morning, and Castellano and Matthias were each charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief for damaging property, Herkimer police said.
    Castellano was additionally charged with second-degree harassment, a violation.
    Both were arraigned in court and released without bail.
    Herkimer police, however, declined to release any additional details regarding the circumstances of that domestic incident.
     
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