LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A 26-year-old man faces murder and kidnapping charges in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl during a violent carjacking in Pico Rivera over the weekend, officials said Wednesday.
Jose Elias Aguilar has been charged with 10 counts, including corporal injury to a child and four counts each of carjacking and kidnapping during the commission of a carjacking, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He also faces special allegations of murder during the commission of a carjacking and kidnapping.
Four children -- ages 17, 13, 11 and 8 -- were left in the back seats of the family van with the engine and air conditioning running while their parents went inside to buy food. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who investigated the case, previously said the oldest sibling is 18. Officials allege that Aguilar “jumped in” the front seat when the parents were still in the business, sheriff's officials said.