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2nd Teen Held in Death at ATM

A Fontana 18-year-old admits shooting a father of two in a bank parking lot Aug. 30, police say.

September 10, 2003|Lance Pugmire | Times Staff Writer

Fontana police arrested a second suspect in a brutal carjacking that left a father of two shot to death shortly after he withdrew money from an ATM during the Labor Day weekend.

Jessie Casillas, 18, of Fontana was arrested Monday night, and confessed to the shooting when questioned by detectives, said Fontana Police Sgt. Mark Weissman. On Friday, police arrested 15-year-old David Lee White, a suspected gang member, in connection with the slaying after witnesses reported seeing him riding in the victim's stolen SUV, Weissman said.

On Aug. 30, Jose Galvez of Fontana had driven to a Bank of America to withdraw cash from an ATM for the holiday weekend when he was shot and killed in the bank parking lot and his 2003 GMC Yukon was stolen, police said.

Weissman declined to say what led investigators to Casillas, other than "good detective work."

Galvez's sister, Carmen Barajas, said she was relieved by the arrest but deeply troubled by the crime. "It's sad to know that teenagers such as these are carrying around so much anger with them," Barajas said. "I grieve for my brother, but to learn these young kids are capable of doing this is very upsetting. I just want to know where their so-called parents are, because they should also be paying a price for this. They're the ones who raised these criminals."

White and Casillas are acquaintances but there is no evidence that Casillas belonged to a gang, Weissman said.

The juvenile division of the San Bernardino County district attorney's office is reviewing White's case to determine whether he should be tried as an adult, a spokeswoman said.

In preparation for a family trip to Baja during Labor Day weekend, Galvez, 40, withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash from an ATM on Cherry Street in the early morning. Driving the new SUV, Galvez was approached after the withdrawal and killed, police said. Barajas said police have told her Galvez was shot six times.

"[Casillas] told us he was trying to get the vehicle, but that [Galvez] fought him, so he shot him," Weissman said.

The victim's sister doubted that her brother resisted.

"It's not in my brother's nature to fight over a material possession," she said.

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