An update on past news

Saturday, August 11, 2001

Carlos Carrillo, a salesman from San Diego, disappeared
in Hawaii about a year ago, and police say the case is still open.

Police still looking for
man who disappeared
a year ago

By Kelliann Shimote.

Question: Whatever happened to Carlos Carrillo?

Answer: Carlos Carrillo, a self-employed salesman from San Diego, disappeared about a year ago after an altercation with bouncers at a Waikiki nightclub.

"The case is by no means closed," said Lt. Bill Kato of the Honolulu Police Department's Homicide and Missing Persons Division. "It's been a while, but the case is actively being investigated."

However, he said, "No new leads have come up."

Carrillo, who was 28 at the time, was last seen in the early morning hours of July 4, 2000. Police said he was attacked by a group of men after he was accused of trying to pick up a bouncer's girlfriend at the former Evolution nightclub on Ena Road. The club recently changed its name to Four-Seven-Eight Ena.

Kato said Carrillo's girlfriend told them Carrillo was beaten. She said she then was forced into a car by bouncers and driven around Pearl City for a few hours, Kato said. She contacted police after being dropped off back at the nightclub.

A bouncer told police he dropped Carrillo off at Honolulu Airport, but investigators said no one booked a flight under his name.

"He (the bouncer) is probably the last person to see him prior to his disappearance," Kato said.

At the time, the 30-year-old bouncer from Nanakuli was arrested for allegedly kidnapping Carrillo's girlfriend and was questioned and released in connection with Carrillo. His identity was never released.

The kidnapping charges have since been dropped. Kato said that when police followed up on the case, witnesses said Carrillo's girlfriend did not behave like a kidnapping victim. Waitresses at Anna Miller's said she was with a party that came into the restaurant around 3 a.m. that night and she did not appear scared.

Kato said the bouncer remains a suspect even though prosecutors felt there was not enough evidence to charge him. He added there is no indication whether Carrillo was dropped off at the airport.

"All we have is the word of the bouncer," Kato said.

The Missing Persons Division is waiting for lab results on evidence including blood samples taken from the club, Kato said.

Carrillo's girlfriend has moved back to California, Kato said.

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