Jose Bolanos Mark Diggs : “Los Angeles Man Arrested as Suspect in Killings of Homeless Men: Police”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Los Angeles Police have identified a 33-year-old man, Jerrid Joseph Powell, as the suspect in the recent killings of three homeless men. The authorities made the connection after a firearm found in Powell’s vehicle, which he was driving when he was arrested for another shooting investigation, was linked to the shootings.

Powell was apprehended earlier this week by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies for his alleged involvement in the shooting death and robbery of a 42-year-old man in San Dimas, located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The arrest came after law enforcement officials urged homeless individuals to take precautions and avoid sleeping alone due to the shootings. The three killings occurred at the end of November, during the early morning hours while the victims were either sleeping or preparing to sleep.

The victims have been identified as Jose Bolanos, 37, Mark Diggs, 62, and an unidentified 52-year-old man found in the Lincoln Heights area. Los Angeles County, with a population of approximately 10 million people, is home to more than one in five of the nation’s homeless individuals, according to a recent federal tally. As of January, over 75,000 people were reported homeless across the county on any given night.

Detectives were able to identify Powell’s vehicle through surveillance footage and tracked it to Beverly Hills, where he was stopped by the police. The firearm used in the shootings was discovered inside the vehicle. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore expressed his gratitude that Powell is now in custody, stating that he is no longer a threat to the community.

Powell is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, and he is currently being held on $2 million bail. It is unclear at this time if he has legal representation. Chief Moore urged the public to provide any additional information related to the case. He emphasized that there is no known connection between Powell and the victims.

Authorities worked swiftly across different agencies to identify the suspect, with surveillance technology playing a crucial role. Chief Moore stated that without access to these tools, Powell could still be at large, posing a threat to the city and its residents. The announcement of Powell’s arrest comes in the wake of a shooting incident in Las Vegas, where five homeless individuals were shot, one of whom died. Police in Las Vegas are currently searching for a lone suspect in that case.

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