SAN FRANCISCO (KRON, AP, BCN) — Two men and a woman arrested in Portland, Oregon, Wednesday in connection with the fatal shootings of a man on a hiking trail in Marin County on Monday and a woman in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over the weekend are expected to return to the Bay Area soon to face homicide charges.
The trio is expected to be brought back to the Bay Area, first to Marin County and then to San Francisco to face homicide charges stemming from the shooting deaths of 67-year-old Steve Carter in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve and Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old resident of Quebec, Canada, in Golden Gate Park, police and sheriff’s officials said. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said it is still unknown exactly when the three homicide suspects will arrive back in Marin County.
As of early Friday afternoon, Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County sheriff’s office said, “They are still in our jail. I was told all three signed waivers of extradition and had no court appearances [Friday] morning.”
The three will be charged with Carey’s robbery and murder, as well as that of Carter, according to police.
San Francisco police said the suspects, identified as Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Allgood, 18, were arrested at a dining hall around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in Portland, but that more information about their backgrounds has not yet been made public.
Police said the homeless trio had been wandering Northern California and used a handgun stolen from an unlocked car to rob and shoot to death the two people. San Francisco Police Lt. Toney Chaplin said the handgun was reported stolen on Oct. 1 from the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco.
Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman declined to discuss the type of gun recovered and any further details, including a possible motive for the killing of Carter near Fairfax, California.
“It’s still very early in our investigation,” he said.
Carey was found lying face down near the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park by a passerby around 9 a.m. on Saturday. Carter was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds by a hiker on a trail just after 6 p.m. on Monday.
Carter’s dog, a Doberman Pinscher, had also been shot and was still leashed to him, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Carter’s Doberman pinscher was turned over to the Marin County Humane Society and was expected to recover.
Carter’s Volkswagen Jetta was missing and investigators then found surveillance footage showing three people refueling the Jetta at a gas station in Point Reyes Station. Investigators were able to use the car’s GPS to track it to Portland, where the trio was arrested at the dining hall, sheriff’s officials said.
“When San Francisco Police Homicide Inspectors learned of the shooting homicide in rural Fairfax, Marin County, they reached out to Marin County Sheriff’s investigators due to the similarities of the two crimes,” San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. “Both were…homicides that occurred in wooded or park areas.”
Following the arrest of the trio in Portland, San Francisco detectives flew to Portland and discovered that Carey’s property had been found in the suspects’ possession, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said it does not appear that Carter knew the suspects and investigators do not know why they shot him.
Carter and his wife, Lokita Carter, founded the Lake County-based Ecstatic Living Institute in 1999 to teach subjects such as tantric massage and yoga.
Lokita Carter keeps a blog about her battle with breast cancer and wrote this week that she is deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support following her husband’s death.
“I am beyond words, and it is only the knowledge (of) how much you all love Steve, and me, that keeps me going at this extremely difficult time,” she wrote.
Police have not said what items were stolen from the homicide victims or whether the suspects were in an altered mental state during the homicides.
Homicide investigators are expected to release additional information about the homicides Monday afternoon, according to San Francisco police.