Jose Bolanos Mark Diggs Unidentified 52-year-old man Nicholas Simbolon : “Los Angeles Serial Killer Charged with Murders of Four Homeless People”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Suspected Los Angeles Serial Killer Charged with Murders of Four Homeless People

Jerrid Joseph Powell, a 33-year-old Los Angeles resident, has been charged with the murders of four homeless people and has been denied bail in his first court appearance. Powell, who was arrested last week, faces four counts of murder, as well as charges of residential robbery and possessing a firearm.

Appearing in a Los Angeles court on Monday afternoon, Powell, accompanied by his attorney Carlos Bido, did not enter a plea. His arraignment has been postponed until January 8th.

The arrest of Powell came after he was initially taken into custody for a deadly shooting during a robbery. Subsequently, he was identified as a suspect in the back-to-back killings of three homeless men and a county employee within a span of four days.

Wearing a yellow prison jumpsuit, Powell briefly appeared in court as his defense team issued a statement, saying, “As with each client, our office will pursue a vigorous defense on behalf of Mr. Powell and hold the prosecution to its burden of proof. According to the tenets of our criminal legal system, Mr. Powell remains presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”

The murders committed by Powell have sent shockwaves throughout the homeless population of Los Angeles. Authorities have issued public warnings about a possible serial killer targeting homeless individuals in downtown Los Angeles, urging people to be on high alert.

The first victim, Jose Bolanos, a 37-year-old homeless man, was found dead with a gunshot wound in an alley in South Los Angeles. The following day, Mark Diggs, 62, was shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown. Police Chief Michel Moore described these killings as “brutal and ruthless.”

The third victim, a 52-year-old man, was found dead on a sidewalk in the Lincoln Heights area. The fourth victim, Nicholas Simbolon, 42, a county employee, was shot dead at his home in San Dimas during a robbery.

Surveillance images of a suspect vehicle led to a traffic stop in Beverly Hills, resulting in Powell’s arrest. District Attorney George Gasc√≥n expressed his appreciation for the efforts of law enforcement in bringing justice to the community, stating, “The swift actions of law enforcement undoubtedly saved lives this week.”

If convicted on all charges, Powell faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. The cases have drawn attention to the dangers faced by homeless people, particularly in Los Angeles County, which has one of the highest homeless populations in the country.

The city has deployed over 300 individuals from various departments and agencies to warn people about the suspected serial killer and provide support and services to the homeless population.

With the recent shootings in Las Vegas, the police have ruled out any correlation with the Los Angeles killings. The incidents highlight the ongoing challenges faced by homeless individuals and the need for increased support and resources to address this issue.

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