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Authorities Wednesday identified a man who was run over by his own vehicle and killed when it was carjacked in the Westlake district by a man who was later arrested.

The crime occurred about 6:25 p.m. Monday on the rooftop level of a multi-story parking structure near the 600 block of South Carondelet Street, just west of MacArthur Park, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ricardo Mota, 54, of Duarte died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.

Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call and found Mota suffering from severe head and body trauma, police said.

“The victim was involved in an argument and physical confrontation with a male suspect,” an LAPD statement said, adding that a video surveillance camera captured a male driving the victim’s vehicle from the scene shortly after the reported fight.

Around 9 p.m. Monday, the stolen Nissan was located in the San Fernando Valley, reportedly with the aid of a LoJack device.

“A suspect observed removing items from the vehicle was immediately detained,” police said.

Mitchell Castillo, 36, was arrested and booked on suspicion of carjacking, according to the LAPD, which reported that Castillo has several addresses in Los Angeles “and appears to be a transient.”

Castillo was being held without bail, according to sheriff’s inmate records.

–City News Service

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