Victims or deceased names: 1. Jose Bolanos, 37 2. Mark Diggs, 62 3. Unidentified 52-year-old man in the Lincoln Heights area : “Los Angeles Man Arrested as Suspect in Killings of Homeless Men”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES—On Saturday, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore announced that Jerrid Joseph Powell, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man already in custody in connection with another shooting investigation, has been identified as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless men. The killings took place at the end of November, with the victims being shot while sleeping or preparing to turn in for the night.

The announcement came just a day after Los Angeles authorities revealed they were searching for a suspect in the shootings and urged homeless individuals to not 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 following day, Mark Diggs, 62, was shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown. The third homeless shooting occurred on November 29 in the Lincoln Heights area, where the body of a 52-year-old man was found.

Los Angeles County, with a population of about 10 million people, is home to over one in five of the nation’s homeless people, according to a 2022 federal tally. As of January, there were over 75,000 homeless individuals across the county on any given night.

After the shooting in San Dimas, detectives were able to identify Powell’s vehicle through surveillance footage and track it to Beverly Hills. He was stopped by police on Wednesday and a firearm was found inside the vehicle. Authorities determined that the firearm was linked to the three killings.

“I am grateful that this suspect in this case is in custody and no longer a threat to this community,” Chief Moore told reporters. Powell is due to appear in court on Monday and is currently being held on $2 million bail.

Chief Moore also asked the public to come forward with any additional information. He stated that there is no known connection between Powell and the victims. The quick identification and arrest of the suspect was attributed to the collaboration and use of surveillance technology across agencies.

The announcement of Powell’s arrest comes after five homeless individuals were shot in Las Vegas on Friday, one of them fatally. Police in Las Vegas are currently searching for a lone suspect in that case.

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