Jose Bolanos Mark Diggs Unidentified 52-year-old man : “Los Angeles Man Arrested as Suspect in Homeless Killings”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore announced on Saturday that a Los Angeles man, Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, has been identified as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless men. Powell was already in custody in connection with another shooting investigation when authorities linked a firearm found in his vehicle to the three killings.

Powell was arrested earlier this week by Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies for the shooting death and robbery of a 42-year-old man in San Dimas, a community located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The announcement came just a day after Los Angeles authorities revealed that they were searching for a suspect in the shootings of three homeless men and urged homeless individuals to avoid sleeping alone for their own safety. The shootings occurred in November, during the early morning hours while the victims were either sleeping or preparing to turn in for the night.

The victims of the three killings 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, is home to over 75,000 homeless people, according to a 2022 federal tally.

After the shooting in San Dimas, detectives were able to identify Powell’s vehicle through surveillance footage and tracked it to Beverly Hills, where he was apprehended. A firearm was found in his possession at the time of his arrest. Powell is due to appear in court on Monday and is currently being held on $2 million bail.

Chief Moore expressed gratitude that Powell is now in custody and no longer a threat to the community. He also urged the public to come forward with any additional information, stating that authorities do not believe there is any connection between Powell and the victims.

The swift identification of Powell as the suspect was made possible by the collaboration between different law enforcement agencies and the use of surveillance technology. Chief Moore emphasized that without access to these tools, Powell could still be on the loose, endangering the lives of more individuals.

The announcement of Powell’s identification as the suspect in the three homeless killings comes on the heels of a similar incident in Las Vegas, where five homeless individuals were shot, one of them fatally. Police in Las Vegas are currently searching for a lone suspect in that case.

As the investigation continues, authorities are hopeful that the arrest of Jerrid Joseph Powell will bring some relief to the homeless community in Los Angeles, allowing them to feel safer as they navigate the streets of the city.

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