MALIBU—A man was killed following a short high-speed pursuit as the police chased down a suspect in a stolen vehicle on Wednesday, November 29.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tweeted, “
#LASD Police activity, Traffic Collision at the 27500 Blk of Pacific Coast Hwy, PCH closed b/t Paradise Cove and Winding Way West, please stay away.”
The incident began at around 7:50 a.m. when a Malibu/Lost Hills deputy received a stolen vehicle “hit” on his Advanced Surveillance and Protection Vehicle (ASAP). The deputy drove eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway and located the vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway and Winding Way West in Malibu. The deputy followed the confirmed stolen vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway and Morning View Drive and initiated a pre-stop coordination as he requested backup from additional patrol units. Upon sufficient backup units arriving, a traffic stop was initiated. The driver, identified as the suspect, pulled the vehicle over to the right on Zumirez Drive and Pacific Coast Highway and a female passenger exited the vehicle.
The suspect then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle at a high rate of speed and an approximate 15-20 second pursuit ensued. Due to the high rate of speed and the suspect’s erratic driving, the on scene field supervisor canceled the pursuit just west of Paradise Cove Road, the LASD noted on its Facebook page.
The suspect lost control of the vehicle as he passed Winding Way approaching the 27500 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The suspect struck a pedestrian, Juan Antonio Castillo, 28, killing him instantly. The suspect’s vehicle then hit three parked vehicles which led to another vehicle collision with a truck traveling eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway. The driver of the truck was not injured.
The suspect has been identified as a 22 year-old Caucasian male from Santa Monica and Venice. Castillo instantly died from the collision. He was not from Malibu, but was a gardener in the area and was taking out the trash for one of the residents when the car careened toward him.
Castillo’s cousin, Roni Castillo, spoke to NBC Los Angeles about the incident. He indicated his cousin was “a good guy” and that “he was never in gangs, or bad things. He would work. He was young, responsible.”
The female passenger was detained and is currently cooperating with investigators. Authorities closed a portion of Pacific Coast Highway for several hours after the crash to complete their investigation. They re-opened the road shortly after 4 p.m.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Sergeant Dunn at (818) 878-1808. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.