Four men, including one who is still at large, were charged with capital murder Thursday for allegedly bludgeoning a man at an Azusa-area home, then kidnapping him, robbing him and dumping the battered-yet-still-alive victim down a hillside, where he died.

The body of Julian Hamori-Andrade, 20, of Glendora, was found about 6 p.m. Wednesday in heavy brush about 30 feet down the hill alongside Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon, and he had suffered what appeared to be blunt force trauma, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Prosecutors and sheriff’s officials said the victim was beaten at a home in the 6100 block of Goodway Drive, where authorities found a large pool of blood on the floor on Monday, but no one was inside.

The victim was driven to Azusa Canyon, where he was beaten again and thrown over the side of the road, according to the sheriff’s department.

The three suspects in custody, who are acquaintances of the victim, were identified as Hercules Balaskas, 19, of Glendora; Jacob Hunter Elmendorf, 19, of La Verne; and Francisco Amigon, 19, also of Laverne. Still at large is Matthew Capiendo Luzon, 21, who lived at the home where the blood was found. His description was being withheld as detectives follow-up on leads as to his whereabouts and a warrant for his arrest is sought, sheriff’s officials said.

All four were charged with first-degree murder, residential robbery and kidnapping. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of lying in weight and murder during the commission of a kidnapping and a robbery. They are scheduled to be arraigned June 6 in Pomona.

The defendants all face a possible death sentence, but prosecutors will decide later whether to pursue capital punishment.

Sheriff’s officials said the victim and suspects were all at Luzon’s home “when the victim was brutally beaten before being dragged to a pickup belonging to one of the suspects.”

Prosecutors contend that Balaskas beat the victim with a metal chair, while Luzon wielded a rock and broken glass pipe.

“The unconscious victim was lifted into the bed of the truck and driven to Azusa Canyon,” sheriff’s officials said. “He was then brutally beaten again before being thrown over the side of a roadside drop off. The victim, who is believed to have been alive upon arriving at the roadside location, succumbed to his injuries.”

Investigators received tips from passersby who saw the pickup at the location that night, leading them to the body.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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