|Raymond Casillas, 22, is wanted by police following a fight on the evening of Friday, June 22, 2012, in Lakeport, Calif. Photo courtesy of the Lakeport Police Department.|
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LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Lakeport Police Department is asking for the community's help in finding a male suspect involved in a fight Friday evening in which shots were allegedly fired.
Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen said his officers are looking for Raymond Casillas, 22.
He is wanted for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, a felon in possession of a firearm and violating parole, Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen said Casillas allegedly was involved in a fight that occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the area of Central Park Avenue and Shady Oak Street.
Lakeport Police officers – assisted by the California Highway Patrol – arrived on the scene and detained several suspects after witnesses reported shots were fired, Rasmussen said.
Police also located a firearm, according to Rasmussen.
Casillas was detained but despite being handcuffed he escaped on foot, Rasmussen said.
That's because a female subject – who later was arrested – helped him get out of a patrol car when officers were not nearby, according to Rasmussen.
“She was located by CHP units who were assisting us close to the area of the crime,” said Rasmussen.
Rasmussen described Casillas as an American Indian male adult, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, 169 pounds, with long black hair that he was wearing in a pony tail.
He also was wearing gray shorts, a light-colored shirt and a black hoodie, Rasmussen said.
Casillas had a bleeding lip and was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, according to Rasmussen.
Immediately after the fight police believed Casillas was somewhere between 11th Street to the north or Sixth Street to the south, and between Highway 29 to the west and Forbes Street to the east.
Rasmussen said eight police units were in the area conducting a search.
“We don't have a confirmed perimeter around him,” said Rasmussen.
As the night progressed, police received a report of Casillas near the library, but Rasmussen said they were unable to locate him.
“At this point he could still be in Lakeport but we believe he may have been transported out of the area,” said Rasmussen.
He said Casillas may have been picked up and taken to Redwood Valley or Ukiah, and suggested that the woman who helped Casillas get out of the car may have made phone calls to get him a ride.
If he's seen, do not approach him but call 911 immediately.
John Jensen contributed to this report.
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