Thursday morning at 4:55 a.m. a man car-jacked and robbed a woman in the city of Richmond, California. Although her husband came out to assist her, the suspect left the scene driving her white Cadillac Escalade.
Richmond police pursued the stolen Escalade until the California Highway Patrol took over pursuit on the 580 freeway, then to the 101 freeway and crossed the Golden Gate bridge into San Francisco.
San Francisco policed then joined the pursuit but lost the stolen SUV in the area of Bush and Taylor streets.
At 5:55 a.m., however, police dispatch received a report about a rollover accident at California and Battery. The Escalade was found there and several witnesses attempted to be “Good Samaritans” and help the suspect immediately after the collision because he appeared to be trapped under the car but he began shooting at them. One man was struck in the chest by what appeared to be a fragment but police say it was not a life-threatening injury and he will survive.
The suspect appeared to be attempting to get out of the stolen vehicle. Police arrived on the scene, as well as medical and fire personnel.
Officers tried to get the suspect to surrender the gun but he pointed it at the officers. Several officers fired and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the suspect was not immediately available.
In accordance with standard policy, the police officers will be place on administrative while the shooting is investigated.
Earlier this week San Francisco police announced the arrest in a cold homicide case out of Palm Beach in Florida.
On March 19, 1995, 27-year-old Shirley Laseter was found deceased in Belle Glade, which is in an unincorporated area of Palm Beach County, Florida. An investigation determined that Laseter was a victim of homicide.
Laseter was found in a wooded area on the southeast corner of the intersection of State Road 880 and Duda Road. Also found at the scene was a white plastic five-gallon bucket filled with dirt, which was laying against the victim, and an opened but unused condom.
Investigators discovered that Laseter was a know prostitute in the Belle Glade area. An autopsy concluded that she died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. It was also determined that the five-gallon bucket full of dirt found next to her was the murder weapon.
The next day a doctor at a medical clinic in Belle Glade contacted the Sheriffs Office and reported that a man had come in to get treatment for “an injury of a suspicious nature,” according an investigator’s report. The man was identified as Antonio Calvillo and he told the doctor that he had been kicked in the groin a couple of days before while at work.
The doctor, however, concluded that Calvillo had in fact been bitten on the penis and was missing a piece of skin. The bite marks were severely infected and teeth marks were visible.
Detectives investigating the homicide determined that he was living within three miles of where Laseter’s body was found. Calvillo was interviewed and evidence was collected, including a blood sample.
He denied knowing the victim and said he does not use prostitutes. He claimed that he was leaving a convenience store when he got into a fight with two men and was kicked in the groin, however, he could not describe them and did not report the fight to police.
Based on the type of injury to the victim and inconsistencies in Calvillo’s statement, and the fact that numerous witnesses who were standing on a second-floor balcony described a vehicle in the area that matched Calvillo’s pickup truck, his truck was impounded for evidence.
Crime lab investigators located an unopened condom in the truck that was the same brand and lot number as the one found at the homicide scene. They also found blood on the seatbelt of the truck, which matched Laseter.
Once a forensic match was made and investigators determined Antonio Calvillo had committed the homicide, police say, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Before detectives could arrest him, however, Calvillo fled to Mexico.
In September 2014, detectives revisited cold case warrants. A Fugitive Warrants Specialist located Antonio Calvillo, now 47 years old, in San Francisco.
Detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office traveled to San Francisco and partnered with detectives from the San Francisco Police Department. Together they located Antonio Calvillo at his residence, 150 Berry Street, in San Francisco.
Calvillo was taken into custody, without incident, and is being charged for Laseter’s death.
He was booked into the San Francisco Jail. An extradition hearing will be set to determine when he will be transported back to Palm Beach County.
Detectives say Calvillo may also be a suspect in other homicides that occurred between the years 1991 to 1995.