The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the public in relation to the murder case that triggered a standoff with a barricaded suspect in Santa Monica on Feb. 21.
The suspect, David Carrillo, was wanted as part of a murder investigation and when Sheriff’s deputies arrived to arrest him, Carrillo barricaded himself inside a residential unit on the 800 block of Ocean Park Boulevard.
Officers made multiple attempts to communicate with Carrillo over the course of the standoff, but Carrillo refused to comply with officers. Following the arrival of the Sheriff’s SWAT team, the department helicopter and multiple additional units, Sheriff’s deputies used tear gas to force Carrillo out of the unit and a K-9 unit was able to bring him to waiting deputies.
Carrillo was treated for injuries on the scene and taken to jail with a $1 million bail.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Carrillo is suspected of killing 30-year-old Wesley Morejon on Feb. 10 in the 8000 block of Vermont Avenue. In a statement, the department said Carrillo was identified with the aid of witnesses and excellent video surveillance but the need the public’s help to identify other potential witnesses to the crime.
“Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying several witnesses to the murder,” said a statement issued on March 2. “Detectives are attempting to identify a female depicted in surveillance video wearing a white shirt with red stripes that appears to be with the victim in a store. In addition, detectives are trying to identify a male black wearing a green shirt who arrives in a Cadillac STS. It appears that this male not only witnessed the murder, but also videotaped it using his cellular phone.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Homicide Detective Francis X. Hardiman or Sergeant Jeff Cochran at LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
Information can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or using the website lacrimestoppers.org.