The suspect in a violent crime spree that included three murders in the Las Vegas area was tied to the crimes after leaving his COVID-19 vaccine card in a stolen car, cops say.
John Carrillo, 29, had only been out of a California prison for weeks when Vegas police say he tormented the Nevada hotspot in late June and early July.
On June 29, Carrillo and a woman stole a car from a tire repair center and drove off, according to an arrest warrant obtained by KLAS. The next day, Carrillo robbed a convenience store where he showed the cashier a gun from his waistband.
When another customer came into the store, Carrillo took ice cream from the freezer and ate it. He then took the store’s police scanner and fired a round into the wall, according to the report.
About an hour later, Carrillo is accused of shooting Abel Angel at a market and then fled the area in the stolen car from the tire shop, according to the warrants. Angel survived the assault.
Police said the casings from the shooting matched the one found at the convenience store. Investigators also found the stolen car and inside Carrillo’s COVID-19 vaccine card, which gave them a possible suspect.
They also found his fingerprint inside the vehicle.
His alleged crime spree didn’t stop there, in fact it escalated. Around 9:45 p.m. July 1, Las Vegas Metro police responded to a shooting and found a man with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Investigators determined Carrillo went into the home to buy drugs. Once he was inside, he shot the victim, stole a white Nissan Altima and fled the area, according to Las Vegas police.
Shortly before midnight that same day, Henderson police responded to a shooting where the suspect fled in a Nissan Altima, according to Henderson police. Henderson is a city located next to Las Vegas.
Because of the proximity to the gambling hotspot, police from both departments responded to the shooting.
Officers found a 32-year-old dead in the parking lot. Police determined the suspect, Carrillo, shot the victim from the car and then fled the area.
Las Vegas Metro police spotted Carrillo and arrested him.
On July 3, police responded to a 911 call from a citizen who found a body in an apartment. Officers went to the home and found the victim and called the death suspicious. While police have not said how that victim was killed, they charged Carrillo in connection to the killing.
Carrillo is now being held in a Nevada jail facing several counts, including three murder charges.
Police spoke to Carrillo, who admitted to being at the drug house, according to the KLAS report. He also said he brought 27 grams of methamphetamine from California to Nevada.
Officials confirmed Carrillo was released from a California prison in April after serving time for assault with force likely to cause bodily injury.