Cops link Marin murder suspects with Golden Gate Park slaying
Three suspects arrested Wednesday in connection with a Marin County homicide have been linked to a second murder that occurred last weekend in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, police said Thursday evening.
Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Allgood, 18, were arrested around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in Portland, Oregon, on suspicion of the fatal shooting of 67-year-old Steve Carter in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve, Marin County sheriff’s officials said earlier today.
At the time of Carter’s death San Francisco police were already investigating the death by blunt force trauma of Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old resident of Quebec, Canada, who was found dead in Golden Gate Park Saturday morning.
They contacted Marin County investigators after learning of Carter’s murder due to the fact that both murders occurred in wooded or park areas.
When Marin County investigators alerted them that three suspects had been taken into custody in Oregon, San Francisco detectives flew to Portland and learned that Carey’s property had been found in the suspects’ possession, police said today.
The three will be charged with Carey’s robbery and murder, as well as that of Carter, according to police.
Carter was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on Monday just after 6 p.m. on a trail by a hiker.
Carter’s dog, a Doberman Pinscher, had also been shot and was still leashed to him, according to the sheriff’s office.
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 used the car’s GPS to track it to Portland, where the trio was arrested at a dining hall, sheriff’s officials said.
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 had moved to Costa Rica from California with his wife, Lokita Carter, last December, but they returned in July when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Before moving to Costa Rica, the couple ran the Lake County-based Ecstatic Living Institute, which they founded in 1999 to teach subjects such as tantric massage and yoga.
Lokita Carter has been regularly blogging about her battle with cancer and has tried to raise funds for her treatment on a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/7q7yfu7ws.
She wrote in an update on the page Wednesday thanking people for their support following her husband’s death:
“I am beyond words, and it is only the knowledge how much you all love Steve, and me, that keeps me going at this extremely difficult time. … May you celebrate each moment that life gives you, and may you love your beloveds as much as humanly possible every moment, because we just never know when life will come to an end, and that hug you gave each other might be the last one.”