The victims or deceased names from the provided information are: 1. Jose Bolanos, 37 2. Mark Diggs, 62 3. Unidentified 52-year-old man (awaiting family notification) : “Los Angeles Man Arrested as Suspect in Homeless Killings”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified a Los Angeles man, Jerrid Joseph Powell, as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless men, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. Powell, 33, was already in custody in connection with another shooting investigation when authorities linked a firearm found in his vehicle to the shootings.

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 the community of San Dimas, located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The announcement of his connection to the three homeless killings came a day after authorities urged homeless individuals not to sleep alone for their own safety.

The first victim, Jose Bolanos, 37, was found dead with a gunshot wound in an alley in South Los Angeles on November 26. The second victim, Mark Diggs, 62, was shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown Los Angeles the following day. The third homeless shooting occurred in the Lincoln Heights area, where the body of a 52-year-old man was found on Wednesday.

Los Angeles County has the highest population in the nation, with over 10 million people, and is home to a significant number of homeless individuals. According to a 2022 federal tally, the county had over 75,000 homeless people on any given night in January.

After the San Dimas shooting, detectives identified Powell’s vehicle through surveillance footage and tracked it to Beverly Hills. Police stopped him on Wednesday in Beverly Hills and found the firearm inside the vehicle. Powell is now in custody and is due to appear in court on Monday.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore expressed gratitude that the suspect is no longer a threat to the community. He also encouraged the public to provide any additional information and assured them that there is no known connection between Powell and the victims.

Authorities worked swiftly across agencies to identify the suspect, aided by surveillance technology. Moore emphasized the importance of these tools in apprehending the suspect and preventing further harm.

The announcement of Powell’s identification as the suspect comes in the wake of a similar incident in Las Vegas, where five homeless people were shot on Friday, one of them fatally. Police in Las Vegas are currently searching for a lone suspect.

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