LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Police say they’ve made an arrest Tuesday in a violent carjacking that killed a man in the Westlake District.
The carjacking was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of South Carondelet Street, near MacArthur Park, Los Angeles police said.
Two men were reportedly fighting when one of the men apparently carjacked the other man’s pickup truck, a gray Nissan Frontier, and ran him over.
The 54-year-old victim, who police said suffered severe head and body trauma and still had tire tracks on his body, was declared dead at the scene.
Police say they are trying to determine what triggered the fight, which could possibly have been an altercation over a parking space or something more personal.
The suspect fled in the truck, which was later found in the San Fernando Valley. Police say they saw him removing items from the vehicle, and immediately detained him.
He was identified as 36-year-old Mitchell Castillo, and booked for carjacking. Police say he has several addresses in and around Los Angeles and appears to be a transient.