Jose Bolanos Mark Diggs Nicholas Simbolon : “Suspect Arrested in Connection with Killings of Four Men in Los Angeles County”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : A suspect has been apprehended in relation to the murders of four individuals over the course of four days in Los Angeles County, as announced by the police on Saturday. The victims included three homeless men who were asleep when they were fatally attacked at separate locations throughout the city. Additionally, a Los Angeles County employee was also targeted by the assailant. In this case, the suspect followed the victim home, robbed him, and then proceeded to shoot and kill him.

The authorities took Jerrid Joseph Powell, a 33-year-old man, into custody initially for the robbery and subsequent murder. It was only later that they connected him to the other three killings. The timeline of events reveals the chilling nature of these crimes.

On Sunday, November 26, at approximately 3 a.m., a Hispanic man named Jose Bolanos, aged 37, was shot while he was asleep on a couch in a rear alley near 110th Street. Police Chief Michel Moore described the killing as “brutal and ruthless.”

The following day, Monday, November 27, at around 4:55 a.m., Mark Diggs, a 62-year-old man, was shot near a rear wall on East 7th Street. Surveillance footage revealed the cold-blooded manner in which the perpetrator approached and shot Diggs, who had been pushing a shopping cart and had leaned against a wall at the time.

On Tuesday, November 28, Nicholas Simbolon, aged 42, was discovered dead in his garage in San Dimas, near Los Angeles. It was believed that Powell had followed Simbolon home from an electric vehicle charging station located 12 miles away. After robbing Simbolon of personal belongings, the attacker shot him before fleeing.

Less than 24 hours later, in the early hours of Wednesday, November 29, a 52-year-old man who had been sleeping on the sidewalk was fatally shot near an intersection.

On Thursday, November 30, Powell was arrested in Beverly Hills by the police on charges of murder and robbery. The arrest was made after Beverly Hills detectives identified Powell’s car and matched its license plate to the vehicle used in Simbolon’s killing. The subsequent investigation connected Powell to the three killings of homeless men, with a handgun found in his car matching the weapon used in those crimes.

During a news conference on Friday, December 1, the police announced their search for the gunman responsible for the shootings of the homeless men. Mayor Karen Bass declared that emergency shelters would be opened to provide temporary housing for the homeless population.

Finally, on Saturday, December 2, Police Chief Moore detailed how investigators connected the dots between the shootings. The task force assembled for the case discovered similarities in the shell casings, leading them to identify the vehicle seen at all three Los Angeles shootings – a 2024 BMW M440. Through further investigation, they determined that the car was in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the San Dimas homicide. Ultimately, they were able to link the weapon found in the car to all four homicides.

The apprehension of the suspect brings some closure to these tragic events and provides a sense of relief to the community.

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