Alleged robbery victim arrested, police say he lied about seeing gun

  • A photo of Kendrec McDade, who was shot and killed by Pasadena police Saturday.
A photo of Kendrec McDade, who was shot and killed by Pasadena police Saturday. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Staff…)
March 28, 2012

Pasadena police have arrested the man who said that two teens who allegedly stole a laptop from his vehicle late Saturday night flashed a handgun before fleeing with the item.

Oscar Carrillo faces charges of involuntary manslaughter after his 911 call led police to pursue the two suspects, one of whom was shot and killed by police.

"Mr. Carrillo emphatically indicated a gun was involved," Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday.

The attorney for the family of Kendrec McDade, the 19-year-old who died Saturday, demanded that police arrest Carrillo.

"His brazen lie triggered a series of events that caused my client’s son to be killed on the street like a dog, and we want justice," said Caree Harper, who is representing McDade’s family.

McDade, 19, was shot by two officers as they pursued men believed to have ransacked a car and pointed a weapon at the car owner. The incident took place near Orange Grove Boulevard and Summit Avenue at 11 p.m. Saturday.

Carrillo said he was coming back from a taco truck when he found two men going through his car. The man told police one suspect displayed a handgun before taking a laptop from the car. He pursued the suspects as they left and called the police on his cell phone, offering a description.

One officer on foot and another in a patrol car spotted McDade and shot at him after he appeared to reach into his waistband, according to Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle. He was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he died. Police have yet to find a weapon or the laptop in the area.

“He lied because he was mad at one of the persons in custody,” said Harper. “He knew that by saying black men robbed me in hoodies it would trigger an expedited response from the police department, and he got just that."

-- Adolfo Flores, Times Community News

Twitter: @AdolfoFlores3

Photo of Kendrec McDade via Twitter.

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