Authorities continue to search for fourth suspect in beating death of man, whose body was found in Azusa Canyon
Authorities are continuing to search for a fourth suspect in the murder, robbery and kidnapping of a man whose body was found dumped off Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon earlier this week.
Investigators are looking for Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo, 21, for his role in the beating death of Julian Hamori-Andrade, 20, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Martin-Capiendo also goes by the names Matt Martin and Matt Luzon.
Hercules Balaskas, Francisco Amigon and Jacob Elmendorf, all 19, were arrested this week in connection with the crime, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. All three as well as Luzon were charged with first-degree murder.
The felony complaint against all four men includes three special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder during the commission of a kidnapping and robbery. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors allege that Balaskas, Matin-Capiendo, Amigon and Elmendorf attacked Hamori-Andrade on May 28. They then allegedly kidnapped, robbed and killed him and dumped his body in the canyon.
The charging document alleges that Balaskas used a metal chair and Luzon used a rock and broken glass pipe as weapons to attack Hamori-Andrade..
San Dimas Station deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house in the 6100 block of Goodway Drive around 10:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. No one was inside, but based on the condition of the home — including a large amount of blood on the floor — deputies “formed the opinion a medical emergency or a criminal act had occurred.”
On Wednesday, authorities who had received information about a body possibly being dumped in the area, found Hamori-Andrade dead in heavy brush off San Gabriel Canyon Road, about 30 feet downhill from the roadway.
Balaskas, Amigon and Elmendorf were arrested soon after.
Martin-Capiendo is considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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