Salinas Double-Homicide Suspect Captured After Months on the Run
SALINAS — 25-year-old Ellin “Omar” Escamilla, who’d been on the run since his alleged involvement in the November 15th, 2016, slaying of both his parents — was captured at a Los Angeles Victory Outreach church by the U.S. Marshall Service on January 3rd.
Salinas Police had been working on the case from the beginning, investigating several potential leads and tips. They enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, whose Task Force tracked Escamilla first to Arizona and then Southern California where he was arrested on a $2,000,000 warrant.
Detectives have been sent to Los Angeles to interview and extradite Escamilla back to Salinas, where he’s due to be booked into Monterey County Jail.
Despite the arrest, police are still working to piece together the events of that night back in November, when a family member came home to find the house in disarray and Escamilla’s parents dead.
Escamilla himself was nowhere to be found, but was wanted for questioning from the outset. It was later, after further investigation, that he was elevated to the distinction of potential suspect. That same month, police received information that he was in the greater Los Angeles area but had ties to Arizona. That was the last anyone had heard of his whereabouts until his arrest this month.