– Jose Bolanos – Mark Diggs : Los Angeles Man Arrested in Connection with Killings of Homeless Men

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department has identified a 33-year-old man as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless individuals in the city. Jerrid Joseph Powell, who was already under arrest in connection with another shooting investigation, has now been linked to the three killings, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

Powell was taken into custody earlier this week by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies after being suspected of shooting and robbing a 42-year-old man in his own home. Following his arrest, authorities discovered a firearm in the vehicle Powell was driving, which was later determined to be connected to the three homeless killings.

The announcement of Powell’s identification as the suspect comes a day after authorities revealed they were searching for a perpetrator in the series of shootings that occurred in late November. The victims were targeted during the early morning hours while they were sleeping or preparing to rest for the night.

One of the victims, Jose Bolanos, 37, was found dead with a gunshot wound in an alley in South Los Angeles on November 26. The following day, Mark Diggs, 62, was shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown. The third shooting occurred on November 29 in the Lincoln Heights area, where the body of a 52-year-old man was discovered. The identity of the third victim is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Investigators were able to identify Powell’s vehicle through surveillance footage and subsequently traced it to Beverly Hills. He was apprehended by local police, who discovered a firearm inside the vehicle. “I am grateful that this suspect in this case is in custody and no longer a threat to this community,” stated Chief Moore during a press conference.

Powell is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. At this time, it remains unclear whether he has legal representation. Online jail records indicate that he was arrested on Thursday and is currently being held on $2 million bail.

The Los Angeles community can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the person responsible for these heinous crimes has been apprehended. The LAPD will continue its investigation to ensure justice is served for the victims and their families.

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