CORONA — A convicted killer who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in January by swapping clothes with a friend was busted again carrying a gun near a rival gang's turf, according to a source and the district attorney's office.
Raymond Morillo, 33, was sitting in a car with overly-tinted windows and a license plate cover, on Junction Boulevard and 57th Avenue on July 20 at around 3:15 a.m., according to the district attorney's office.
Officers spotted a .44-caliber revolver, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, on the floor of the passenger side of the car and arrested him, police said.
Morillo had previously been charged with criminal impersonation for fleeing the hospital, but he was released without bail. The case was also set to be dismissed in November.
The area where he was arrested is popular with the Trinitario gang, according to a source.
Morillo — who was convicted in 1999 for manslaughter and assault in another gang attack — is affiliated with La Familia, a rival gang in Corona, the source said.
He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, among other charges, according to the DA's office.
Morillo escaped from Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility on Jan. 28 — just a month after being released from federal prison on the manslaughter charge — by swapping clothes with a friend who was visiting, police said.
Officials caught up with him the next day by tracking his phone to a Tennessee Greyhound station, sources said, and he was charged with criminal impersonation, according to records.
He was released without bail on Feb. 19 and the case was adjourned in May with the potential of being dismissed in November.
Morillo is due in court on Aug. 8, and is in jail in lieu of posting $75,000 bail. His lawyer declined to comment.