Jose Bolanos Mark Diggs Unidentified 52-year-old man Nicholas Simbolon : “Man Charged with Four Counts of Murder in Fatal Shootings of Homeless Men in Los Angeles”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerrid Joseph Powell, a 33-year-old man, has been charged with four counts of murder in connection with the fatal shootings of three homeless men in Los Angeles and a suburban resident last month. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday that Powell is also facing one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon with a firearm. The charges against Powell include special circumstances of committing multiple murders, murder in the course of a robbery, and personal use of a firearm.

Powell is set to appear in court for arraignment later today, and it is currently unknown whether he has retained legal representation. His arrest came after he was initially apprehended as a suspect in a deadly shooting during a robbery in San Dimas, east of Los Angeles. Authorities linked a firearm found in Powell’s car to the killings of the three homeless men, leading to his identification as a suspect in those cases.

During a press conference over the weekend, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore stated that the motive for the killings of the homeless victims remains unknown. The victims have been identified as Jose Bolanos, 37, found dead in an alley in South Los Angeles; Mark Diggs, 62, shot and killed while pushing a shopping cart near downtown; and an unidentified 52-year-old man whose body was discovered in the Lincoln Heights area. Additionally, Nicholas Simbolon, 42, was shot dead at his home in San Dimas on November 28.

Authorities managed to arrest Powell after receiving surveillance images of a suspect vehicle involved in the San Dimas shooting. A license plate reader in Beverly Hills alerted the police, leading to a traffic stop and Powell’s subsequent arrest.

District Attorney George Gascón expressed his appreciation for the efforts of law enforcement in apprehending Powell, stating that their swift actions undoubtedly saved lives. If convicted on all charges, Powell faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The recent string of violence against the homeless population highlights an ongoing issue in Los Angeles County. With more than 75,000 homeless individuals in the county as of January, according to a 2022 federal tally, advocates for the homeless argue that those living on the streets are often more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators. Similar incidents have occurred in other areas, such as Las Vegas, where five homeless people were shot on Friday, and in Orange County, where a man was charged with killing four homeless men in a series of stabbings from late 2011 to early 2012.

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