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Caller who lied to Pasadena police held as illegal immigrant

April 2, 2012 | 11:15 am

Kendrec McDade

This post has been corrected; see note below for details.

The L.A. County district attorney's office said Monday a 911 caller who lied to Pasadena police, leading them to believe a young man they fatally shot was armed is being held as an illegal immigrant.

Oscar Carrillo, 26, was arrested last Wednesday for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kendrec McDade, 19, who was fatally shot March 24 by Pasadena police Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Mathew Griffin.

Usually prosecutors have 48 hours to charge someone in custody or release them, but district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said Carrillo is on an immigration hold requested by federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

The immigration hold asks officials not to release Carrillo because he is believed to be in the United States illegally. Robison said prosecutors are reviewing the evidence from Pasadena police.

Carrillo told a 911 operator two young men stole his backpack and laptop at gunpoint. Minutes later, two officers shot McDade a few blocks away, believing he was armed.

Carrillo admitted to detectives he lied about the gun.

The incident has sparked tensions in a community with a long history of divisive relations between the Police Department and the African American community.

Carrillo told police he had been robbed of his backpack and laptop by two armed men.

Police arrested him on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday, saying that he deliberately misled authorities in a lie that contributed to the fatal shooting.

McDade had been a football standout at Azusa High School.

[For the Record,  2:01 p.m. April 2: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that an ICE immigration hold bars officials from releasing Carrillo, but it actually only asks that Carrillo not be released.]


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Photo: Kendrec McDade had been a football standout at Azusa High. Credit: McDade Family / Associated Press