Release Date/Time: 1/3/2017 2:56 PM
Incident: Arrest of Double Homicide suspect
Date: Tuesday, 1/3/2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
At approximately 0830 today, wanted double homicide suspect, Ellin "Omar" Escamilla was arrested without incident at a Victory Outreach church in Los Angeles, CA by the US Marshal Service Northern CA and Central CA-Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. Ellin Escamila was wanted on a $2,000,000 warrant charging two counts of homicide, related to deaths of his parents (see original press release below). The Salinas Police Department has long held a strong working relationship with the US Marshal Service (USMS) and has been working with them on this case from its onset. Several potential leads and/or tips have been investigated over the last seven weeks by this agency and the USMS focusing mainly in Southern CA and Arizona. These efforts resulted in the USMS Fugitive Task Force locating and arresting Ellin Escamilla this morning. Salinas Police Detectives have traveled to Los Angeles to interview and transport Escamilla back to Salinas where he will be booked into Monterey County Jail.
Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander
Telephone: (831) 758-7350
On 11/15/2016, a relative arrived at a family home on Essex Court. Upon entry the relative found the home in disarray with obvious signs of a struggle apparent. The relative walked out of the residence and called 911. Responding officers located a deceased male and female inside the residence along with signs of a violent encounter. The investigation has revealed that Ellin "Omar" Escamilla DOB 4/11/1991 lived at the home, and is the person responsible for the deaths of both victims. A felony "no-bail" warrant has been issued for his arrest charging 2 counts of Homicide. The names of the victims are not being released at this time, pending confirmation of identity by the Monterey County Coroner. It is expected this will occur sometime late tomorrow afternoon and a subsequent release will be completed at that time. Detectives have received confirmed sightings of Omar Escamilla in the greater Los Angeles area and the vehicle he had been diving, a brown Lincoln MKX CA: 6SMS157 has been located and recovered. Based upon past work and family history, it is believed that Omar Escamilla may be in route to the El Centro, CA or Yuma, AZ area.
If anyone sees Ellin Omar Escamilla, has contact with, or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Salinas Police Department Watch Commander at 831-758-7250. If you have other information regarding him, please call Detective Stephen Craig at 831-758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".