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$50,000 reward proposed to find Echo Park murder suspect [updated]

Rendering of Echo Park murder suspect | LAPD

ECHO PARK –– The City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a proposed $50,000 reward to help find the man who fatally stabbed 28-year-old Hugo Castillo while he was hanging out with friends last summer at Echo Park Lake.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the motion as the suspect remains at large and no other witnesses, beyond Castillo’s friends, have emerged. The motion provided the most recent account of events that took place leading up to Castillo’s death:

“On July 21, 2016 at approximately 10:35 p.m., 28-year-old Hugo Castillo was hanging out with friends in the north end of Echo Park, near the restrooms, when an individual approached him and punched him for no apparent reason. Mr. Castillo then pushed the unknown individual back, but the unknown individual produced a sharp object and stabbed Mr. Castillo. The suspect then fled northbound on Lemoyne Street towards Sunset Boulevard. Mr. Castillo was transported to LAC/USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.”

Last August the LAPD issued a rendering of the suspect, who is described as a male Latino, approximately 30-40 years old with a bald head and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 180-190 pounds. He has tattoos on both arms. The suspect was wearing a black t- shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Rampart Homicide Detective Martinez at (213) 484-3642 or Detective Chung at (213) 484-3643.

Update: The City Council voted to issue the reward

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4 comments

  1. Captain Picard should not be too hard to find.

  2. Thanks, Eastsider, for publishing the sketch and personal information. I wonder if anyone saw tattoos close enough to describe them?

  3. Is it just me or is this look exactly like that unhinged transient who hangs out daily along that stretch of Glendale Blvd? The guy who has been involved in multiple altercations in the past (I believe he was also stabbed in 2014). He once threw a Vons shopping cart at my car for no reason. Maybe it’s not him – looks identical to me.

  4. Neighborwatchman

    UPDATE: Word on the street is that this guy turned himself recently so the judge released him on O.R. (Own Recognizance) and he failed to show up to his court date. THEY screwed up bad! He could leave town possibly but is seen roaming the streets in Echo Park. His name is Denzel and if you see him then steer clear an call the police immediately.

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