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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