BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The woman suspected of killing her three young children in Reseda carjacked a pickup in Kern County that contained four firearms and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents released Friday.
Liliana Carrillo, 29, was taken into custody by Tulare deputies about two hours later when a Toyota Tacoma crashed in the Springville area off Highway 190, the reports say.
The Tacoma’s owner told deputies he was on his way to a shooting range when the carjacking occurred on Highway 65, according to the reports filed by sheriff’s investigators. Kern deputies showed the Tacoma owner a photo of Carrillo’s driver’s license, and he positively identified her as the woman who stole his truck, the documents say.
Carrillo has pleaded not guilty to carjacking and related charges filed by Kern prosecutors. She’s housed at Lerdo Jail on $2 million bail.
On Thursday, Carrillo told 17 News’ Eytan Wallace she drowned her three children, ages 3, 2 and 6 months old. She said she killed them to protect them from their father who she alleges was involved in human trafficking.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have not yet charged Carrillo in the children’s deaths.
Around 11 a.m. on April 10, after the children were found dead in a Reseda apartment, deputies were dispatched to Highway 65 at Gretlein Road to a victim of a stabbing. A reporting party said he was driving a Ford F-150 on Gretlein and was about to turn south on Highway 65 when he saw a woman in a Ford Focus on the side of the road. A Tacoma was parked near her, its driver outside.
The F-150 driver said he parked on the east side of Highway 65 and ran across the highway to see if the woman, later identified as Carrillo, was OK. He said the driver of the Tacoma was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher because Carrillo had a “meaty” cut to one of her hands.
He asked her what happened.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” she said according to the driver’s account in the reports. The driver told deputies he watched her closely because he believed she might be suicidal and throw herself into traffic.
Carrillo ran across the highway, the driver said, and jumped into his F-150. He pulled her out and yelled to the driver of the Tacoma for help and told Carrillo to calm down.
“I’m being trafficked, you don’t understand, I need to go,” she said according to the documents.
She tried to steal his keys and scuffled with him before running back across the highway to the Tacoma, the F-150 driver told deputies. The Tacoma had a keyless ignition and Carrillo got inside and was able to start it because its owner was standing nearby with his keys in his pocket, according to the reports.
Carrillo drove south, made a U-turn and nearly hit a car before fleeing north, the F-150 driver said. He said he and the Tacoma’s owner tried to follow in the F-150 but lost sight of her, and he reported the carjacking to authorities.
Tulare deputies arrested Carrillo at about 1:05 p.m. following a crash in the Ponderosa area.
She’s due back in court May 7 on the Kern charges.