Metro Passenger Murder Suspect Surrendered Himself in South Los Angeles

A suspect turned himself in to police overnight on Wednesday. He was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a Metro light-rail train customer earlier this week, according to the police.

A news report on Thursday said that 19-year-old Carlos Carrillo-Martinez turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department at their 77th Area station at midnight. Detectives talked to him and then put him in jail on suspicion of murder.

The victim, 27-year-old Jalil Sosa Illera, was stabbed several times on an E Line train near Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Tuesday afternoon after getting into a fight with the attacker, the LAPD said.

The LAPD said that Illera was injured but made it home and called 911. He was taken to the hospital by firefighters and doctors, but he died there from his injuries. Eyewitness News talked to the victim’s sister, who said Illera “was very creative” and had his own clothing line called ILL ERA.

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She said he began doing it in high school and kept doing it, trying to make more pieces as time went on. Details about what happened before the fight were not clear. “I’m shocked because it’s interesting to me,” Raul Avendbaño, a LATTC student, said. “I have never seen something like that on the Metro.”

After the crime, police shared pictures and video of the man they were looking for in connection with the murder. The suspect can be seen waiting on a Metro platform in the film.

Officially, Carrillo-Martinez “admitted being the suspect on the flyer and was interviewed by detectives,” the LAPD said. Two million dollars were set as his bail.

Metro murders are up from before the plague, but they still don’t happen very often. There were six killings in the year that ran from October 2022 to September 2023.

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