San Diego police seek to question man in homeless killings
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jul 07, 2016,
Jul 07, 2016, 2:00
Shortly after 5 a.m., witnesses saw someone crouched over what they initially thought was a flaming pile of clothing, but it turned out to be a man in the vicinity of State Street and Broadway, police Capt. David Nisleit told reporters.
Members of the local homeless population in San Diego and those who work with them were uneasy in the wake of the attacks, the Union-Tribune reported.
The San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit can be reached at 619-531-2346.
The victims, two dead, one suffering life-threatening injuries, were all homeless men, all likely sleeping.
The attacks on homeless people in California's second most populous city began on Sunday when the body of a homeless man was discovered on fire between a highway and train tracks in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, police said.
Since the attacks, police have been patrolling the transient areas and telling people about the attacks despite concerns that police wouldn't lift a finger to find the person who had been committing the murders.
San Diego police has revealed surveillance footage of a man they would like to question in relation to the attacks. "We're going to put that photo in front of someone who knows him".
A person of interest, possibly involved in three brutal attacks, is shown in these images.
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Two more attacks were reported early Monday morning. He was described as wearing a brown coat, green Army hat and tan khaki trousers.
Although Nisleit wouldn't detail the nature of the torso wounds, he said, "There's no doubt in my mind that these cases are being conducted by the same person".
Police were alerted to the second holiday weekend incident just before 5 a.m. Monday - the Fourth of July - when a man was found bleeding from injuries to his upper torso in the 3700 block of Greenwood Street, according to Lt. Ray Valentin.
Police claim that at around the same time, witnesses recounted seeing a man in his late 40s to early 50s running across the freeway with a gas can in hand.
Authorities believe this grisly attack is connected to three others around San Diego. "We've got a lot of free-rangers who sleep by themselves and that seems like a unsafe thing to do at this point". "This is obviously a very unsafe person".
He asked for the public's help in identifying the man from the store video.
Authorities urged area transients to remain vigilant, avoid sleeping alone on the streets and to stay in open, well lit areas.