California pastor facing allegations of hiring hitmen to murder a man romantically involved with his daughter

A pastor from Southern California was arrested last week in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme targeting a man who was dating his daughter, according to authorities.

Samuel Davalos Pasillas, 47, of Victorville, was arrested on March 13 for his alleged involvement in a car-to-car shooting that took place on October 21 in the Riverside area. The victim, who was driving at the time, was shot several times by individuals in another vehicle near Grove Community Drive and Plainview Street. Despite being wounded, the victim managed to drive to a hospital for treatment and survived.

Riverside police stated in a news release on Tuesday that Pasillas had orchestrated the shooting as part of a murder-for-hire plot. He allegedly paid two men to carry out the killing, providing them with information about his daughter’s boyfriend, including his whereabouts on the night of the shooting. According to police, the men were paid nearly $40,000 by Pasillas and had been conducting surveillance on the victim in the weeks leading up to the incident.

Photos released by the police showed bullet holes in the windows of the victim’s car.

Pastor Rafael Parras, who leads the Centro de Oración Internacional, informed NBCLA that the church does not have a fixed location and conducts services in various locations around Victorville. He mentioned that Pasillas had been a volunteer with the church for approximately 10 years and had occasionally taken on pastoral duties when Parras was unavailable.

Pasillas was arrested on charges including solicitation for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. Another individual, Juan Manuel Cebreros, 55, of Long Beach, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. Both men are being held on $1 million bail.

Pasillas was arrested in Victorville, while Cebreros was apprehended in Long Beach on March 13. They both pleaded not guilty to several charges during a joint arraignment, with their next court date scheduled for March 26.

Efforts to reach the Pasillas family for comment were unsuccessful, as no one answered the door when NBCLA visited their home. The search for a third person involved in the shooting is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the police at 951-353-7104.

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