FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 15, 2017
Case # 17WF0961
COLORADO MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR 1994 COLD CASE MURDER OF TWO STRANGERS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH
*Press conference with further details to be held on May 15, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Colorado man will be arraigned today for the 1994 cold case murder of two strangers in Huntington Beach.
|Defendant||Charges||Maximum Sentence||Court Date|
|Lamberto Ricci Castillo, 64, Alamosa, Colo.||Charged on April 27, 2017, with:
|Life in state prison||Arraignment
May 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana
There will be further details regarding this case released at a press conference, which is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The press conference will be held at City Hall next to City Council Chambers, located at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648.
Circumstances of the Case
- On the evening of March 31, 1994, Kenny Paul Sommer, 23, and Chen ‘Cosmo’ Maui Blanchard, 23, were socializing in downtown Huntington Beach.
- The defendant is accused of verbally confronting Sommer and Blanchard as they urinating in the street near the area of Main Street and Orange Avenue.
- Castillo is accused of walking away after the argument and returning at approximately 10:15 p.m. with a handgun.
- An off-duty police officer witnessed the confrontation but not the shooting,
- Castillo is accused of shooting Sommer and Blanchard multiple times before fleeing the scene.
- Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officers responded to multiple calls concerning shots fired in the area of Main Street and Orange Avenue and discovered Sommer and Blanchard lying on the ground.
- Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Huntington Beach Police Department re-opened this case in 2016 and reached out to the Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force (OCHTF) to assist in the investigation.
Castillo was arrested in Alamosa on April 27, 2017, based on newly developed evidence. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.
The following law enforcement agencies assisted in this investigation: HBPD, Orange County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation, Orange County District Attorney TrackRs, Orange County Crime Lab, Santa Ana Police Department, Pueblo Police Department, Colorado Attorney General, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Alamosa Police Department, Colorado State Police Department, FBI, and Alamosa Sheriff Department.