Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - The lone remaining suspect accused of beating a young man with a rock and broke glass pipe is still in hiding, authorities said Monday.
Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo, 21, is being sought by Sheriff’s Homicide detectives in connection with the killing of 20-year-old Julian Hamori-Andrade, whose body was found dumped 30 feet over the side of Highway 39 Wednesday, May 30.
Martin-Capiendo goes by several aliases including Matthew Martin, Matt Martin and Matt Luzon.
Martin-Capiendo is Filipino, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, is 220 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. He may have recently shaves his hair, Homicide Detectives said.
Hercules Balaskas, an 18-year-old man from Glendora, Jacob Hunter Elmendorf, a 19-year-old man from La Verne, Francisco Amigon, a 19-year-old man from La Verne and Martin- Capiendo were charged May 31 with three counts of first degree murder with special circumstances, first-degree residential robbery and kidnapping, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The suspects also face three special circumstances of lying in wait and murder during the kidnapping and robbery Hamori-Andrade, whose body was found dumped 30 feet over the side of Highway 39 Wednesday, May 30.
Prosecutors accuse Balaskas of beating Hamori-Andrade with the metal chair. Martin-Capiendo further beat the victim once he was taken to the mountainside, Ardalani said.
The brutal killing began May 29 when deputies responding to a home in the 6100 block of Goodway Drive in the unincorporated area near Azusa for a disturbance call discovered a large blood trail leading from the unoccupied home to the street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A motive for the killing is unknown.
Balaskas, Amigon and Elmendorf are expected to face arraignment June 6 in Pomona Superior Court.
If convicted as charged, all four suspects face the death penalty or life in state prison without parole.
The decision to seek the death penalty will be made at a later court appearance.
Anyone who has seen or knowns Martin-Capiendo’s whereabouts is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).