A man who drew a large police response during an hours-long search for him in a Lynwood neighborhood earlier this week has been charged in connection with a Compton carjacking.

Deonte Murray, 36, faces one count each of carjacking, second-degree robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm/personal use of a firearm, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman told KTLA.

The charges also include allegations that Murray is associated with a criminal street gang, discharging a rifle inflicting great bodily injury and personal use of an AR-15.

Murray allegedly carjacked a 51-year-old man who was shot in the leg with a high-powered rifle on Sept. 1 near the 500 block of Essey Avenue, officials said following his arrest.

Murray pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday and is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 28. He remains in custody on $1.24 million bail and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies had obtained an arrest warrant for Murray when they spotted him driving in the area of Alondra Boulevard and Bradfield Avenue in Compton Tuesday.

A pursuit ensued and Murray eventually pulled over in the 3000 block of Carlin Avenue.

There, he eluded authorities for hours, prompting a massive law enforcement response.
Murray was found inside a trash bin at the end of property and was detained by SWAT officers.

Later, officials said the incident drew such a large response because of the weapon used during the carjacking and because it appeared to be gang-related.

Asked by KTLA the same day if the search was related to the Sept. 12 ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said it was not.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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