Jose Bolanos, Mark Diggs, Nicholas Simbolon : “Arrest Made in Connection with Los Angeles Homeless Homicides: Suspect Identified as Jerrid Joseph Powell”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Officials in Los Angeles have made a significant breakthrough in the investigation into the recent homicides of three homeless men. The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Jerrid Joseph Powell, has been arrested and is now in custody. The announcement of the arrest came after city officials asked for public assistance in solving the case. The three victims were killed within a span of four days, prompting concerns about a potential serial killer targeting the homeless population.

The first victim, a 37-year-old man named Jose Bolanos, was shot while sleeping on a couch in a rear alley in the Westmont neighborhood. The second victim, 62-year-old Mark Diggs, was killed in downtown Los Angeles after leaning on a wall while waiting for his phone to charge. The third victim, a 52-year-old Hispanic man whose name has not been released, was fatally shot while sleeping on a sidewalk in Lincoln Heights.

Powell was apprehended on Thursday in connection with the murder of another man, 42-year-old Nicholas Simbolon. Simbolon was followed to his home in San Dimas, where he was robbed and shot. Police were able to link Powell’s vehicle to surveillance footage from the scene of Diggs’ murder. A gun was also recovered from Powell’s car.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore highlighted the similarities in the crimes, noting that all the victims were alone in open areas when they were shot. He warned that the perpetrator seemed to be targeting individuals rather than homeless encampments. Additional surveillance footage of the suspect leading up to the third homicide has not been released at this time.

In response to the killings, the city has taken proactive measures to protect the homeless population. Temporary winter shelters have been set up, and patrols in areas where homeless individuals tend to sleep have been increased. Mayor Karen Bass urged the public to spread awareness about the investigation and encouraged homeless individuals to seek shelter and support.

The investigation into these homicides involves multiple agencies, with homicide detectives and a forensic team working diligently to process evidence. The authorities are asking anyone with information about the killings to contact the Homicide Special Section at (213) 486-6890. With the arrest of Jerrid Joseph Powell, there is hope that justice will be served for the victims and their families.

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