The victims or deceased names from the article are: 1. Homeless man (unidentified) – killed on Sunday 2. Homeless man (unidentified) – killed on Monday 3. Homeless man (unidentified) – killed on Wednesday 4. Nicholas Simbolon – killed in a home robbery on Tuesday : “Serial killer targeting homeless men in Los Angeles arrested, linked to four fatal shootings”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Suspect Arrested in Connection to Serial Killings of Homeless Individuals in Los Angeles

Los Angeles authorities have apprehended a suspect believed to be responsible for a series of fatal shootings that occurred in the area this week. The individual, identified as 33-year-old Jerrid Joseph Powell, has been linked to the unprovoked killings of three homeless men who were sleeping alone on sidewalks or alleys in Los Angeles.

Powell was already in custody for another homicide involving a home robbery that took place earlier in the week in Los Angeles County. The string of serial killings spanned four days, from Sunday to Wednesday, before the suspect was apprehended on Thursday.

The Los Angeles Police Chief, Michel Moore, revealed that Powell’s vehicle was present at all three crime scenes involving the homeless victims. Additionally, a handgun recovered from the vehicle has been positively identified as the murder weapon. Authorities have also connected the vehicle and weapon to the home robbery shooting.

The first victim, a 37-year-old man, was killed early Sunday morning, followed by a 62-year-old man attacked on Monday and a 52-year-old man killed on Wednesday. Chief Moore emphasized that the murders were committed without any provocation, and the motive behind these senseless acts remains unknown.

In a separate incident, Powell is accused of following a victim from a charging station in West Covina to the victim’s home in San Dimas, where he allegedly shot and killed 42-year-old Nicholas Simbolon during a home robbery. Simbolon, a father of two, worked as a project manager in the I.T. department of the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office.

Law enforcement agencies managed to identify the suspect’s vehicle, a 2024 Gray BMW, through surveillance footage in the home robbery case. An automatic license plate reader system alerted authorities to the suspect’s whereabouts, leading to his arrest during a traffic stop in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass expressed relief at the suspect’s apprehension, stating, “Twenty-four hours ago we announced there was a killer on the loose. Now he is in custody.” Chief Moore credited advanced law enforcement tools, such as automatic license plate readers, for aiding in the swift arrest and preventing further harm.

Authorities are now investigating whether Powell may be connected to additional cases. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna urged anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Powell’s crimes to come forward and contact the authorities immediately. Powell is currently being held on $2.1 million bail, facing charges of robbery and murder.

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