On 01/05/21, as result of the ongoing investigation into the homicide of Mr. Kevin Murillo, Chico Police Detectives arrested two individuals in connection with the homicide.
Diontanae TILLMAN (21 yrs., Chico, Ca) was arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery, and being armed in the commission of a felony.
Max ESCOBAR (20 yrs., Oroville, Ca) was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
As previously stated, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Chico Police Department and ask for Det. Tyler Rainey or Det. Cale Smith.
Max ESCOBAR Diontanae TILLMAN
Location: 308 Walnut Street (7-Eleven)
Victim: Kevin Murillo
Suspects: Diontanae TILLMAN, Max ESCOBAR
Supervisor: Det. Sgt. O. Pena
Watch Commander: Investigations Lt. B. Miller
Original Press Release w/ Update #1
At approximately 6:45 PM, CPD patrol, CFD, and Butte EMS
responded to a reported hit-and-run collision near the Walnut St.
/ W. 3rd Street intersection. Upon arrival, first responders
identified an apparent gunshot victim seated inside a vehicle.
Lifesaving efforts were made, however, the adult male victim died
at the scene. Minutes later near the W. Sacramento Avenue / Nord
Avenue intersection, a CPD patrol officer stopped a suspect
vehicle. Two suspects were contacted and detained. Detectives are
working to establish whether or not the suspects were involved in
the shooting. Detectives are also interviewing witnesses and
investigating other potential suspect leads. This investigation
included two active scenes where there were believed to be
numerous witnesses. Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to
contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900. To protect
the integrity of this investigation, no other information will be
released at this time. When deemed appropriate, a follow-up press
release will be issued.
On 01/07/21, VSU Detectives met with the family of the homicide victim from the previously described incident. After addressing their concerns and preparing them for the impacts of additional media coverage, CPD is now prepared to identify the victim as 24 year-old Kevin Murillo.
This investigation remains ongoing. CPD Investigations will continue to release case information when appropriate.