Fil-Am wanted in connection to Azusa murder

A young Filipino-American man connected with the robbery, kidnapping, and murder of a 20 year-old in Azusa, California last month is still on the loose, said officials on Wednesday, June 6.

Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo, a 21 year-old Fil-Am, remains wanted following the brutal beating and murder of Julian Hamori-Andrade, 20, on May 28.

Martin-Capiendo’s wanted poster describes him as Filipino, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Authorities say he may have also shaved his head.

Also known to have gone by the names Matthew Martin, Matt Martin, and Matt Luzon, authorities said Martin-Capiendo is aware he is wanted is considered armed and dangerous.

Already charged for the murder are 19 year-olds Hercules Balaskas, Jacob Elmendorf, and Francisco Amigon.  The three appeared in court and were charged along with Martin-Capiendo, with first-degree murder, first degree residential robbery, and kidnapping.  Arraignment is slated to continue to June 28.

If convicted, they face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.  

A “large amount of blood” was found at a home on the 6100 block of Goodwin Drive in unincorporated Azusa where investigators believe Hamori-Andrade was beaten.  San Dimas Station deputies responded to a disturbance call at the house at around 10:15 p.m. the night Hamori-Andrade was killed.

Investigators believe Hamori-Andrade was still alive when he was left in a brush 30 feet down a hill off the San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa Canyon.  Investigators say he was dumped there after being beaten and dragged onto the bed of one of the suspects’ truck.

His body was found two days later at the location.

A GoFundMe page created for Hamori-Andrade said that he leaves behind a 9-month-old son and has another child on the way.

“Julian was an amazing brother, son, father and friend and will be missed beyond words,” reads the GoFundMe campaign.

“It’s just brutal, brutal, and I can’t believe that these kids that young are capable of doing such a horrific thing to my son,” the victim’s mother Desiree Andrade told CBS2 News.

“Do us all a favor, give me that closure, please,” she added while asking Martin-Capiendo to turn himself in.

Those with information on Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact detective Q. Rodriguez or Sgt. Maurizi at (323) 890-5500.  Anonymous tips can be sent to or (800) 222-8477. (Rae Ann Varona / AJPress)

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