Prosecutors Friday declined to file charges against a Monterey Park man accused of killing his friend with a fatal blow to the head last weekend in South El Monte, authorities said.
David Olges, 35, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of longtime friend James Vasquez, 44, of El Monte, Detective Frank Salerno of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence presented to charge Olges.
“The case was reviewed for filing consideration. We are seeking further investigation at this time,” she said.
According to county booking records, Olges was released from jail about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Vazquez was found lying in the street with a serious head injury about 11 p.m. April 7 in the 1300 block of Strozier Avenue, investigators said. He had been drinking with Olges just before being found wounded, and witnesses told officials they saw Olges running from the scene and getting into a car.
Vazquez died from his injuries Monday at a hospital.
A motive in the attack was not clear, and it was unknown whether Vasquez was struck with a weapon, Salerno said.
An autopsy was pending, coroner’s officials said Friday.
Olges first turned himself into police Monday and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but officials re-arrested him Wednesday on suspicion of murder, Salerno said.
A woman initially arrested on suspicion of driving Olges away from the scene of the alleged attack was initially arrested, but released pending further investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.