Anthony Vincent Depiazza, 39
Anthony Vincent Depiazza, a 39-year-old black man, was found dead Monday, Nov. 23, in Riverside County after he was shot in the 2000 block of Van Karajan Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators believe Depiazza was killed in a home on Van Karajan Drive in late October, and then dumped in an open field near Perris, southeast of Riverside, Lt. John Corina said.
Dirt bikers discovered Depiazza's body near El Nido and Christmas Tree Lane in Lake Matthews, Corina said.
The Riverside County coroner determined that Depiazza died of gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. Bob Marks.
Coroner's investigators identified Depiazza and discovered he rented a room in the house on Van Karajan Drive, Corina said.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department investigators went to the house with a search warrant early Dec. 9 but had to wait several hours after one suspect, Randell Dee Stewart, barricaded himself in a bedroom and refused to leave.
Stewart eventually surrendered peacefully, Corina said. Investigators detained nine people who were inside the house but made only two arrests.
Stewart, a 55-year-old white man who rents a room in the house, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Corina said. Bruce Ciarrocchi, a 48-year-old white man who owns the house, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
Investigators believe that Stewart shot Depiazza and that Ciarrocchi helped him clean up afterwards and move Depiazza's body, Corina said.
Stewart was charged with murder and Ciarrocchi was charged with being an accessory after the fact on Dec. 9, said Jean Guccione, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The men are scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 23 at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance. Ciarrocchi is being held without bail, and Stewart is being held in lieu of $1 million.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.