Share and Follow

Police in Los Angeles have identified the suspect believed to be responsible for the murders of three of the city’s homeless community who were shot and killed as they slept this week, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore announced on Saturday.

The suspect was identified as Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, a black male who is a resident of Los Angeles, Moore said.

Powell is also suspected in a fatal shooting during a robbery in San Dimas, about 28 miles east of Los Angeles, Moore added.

Police earlier released an image of a suspect. (LAPD)

Powell was already in custody in connection with the San Dimas shooting, authorities said Saturday.

He was arrested Wednesday evening by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department during a vehicle stop, the same day as the death of the third homeless victim.

The vehicle police believe was used during the San Dimas robbery was identified as the same vehicle connected to the three homicides, Moore said.

Officials do not believe there was any connection between Powell and the victim of the robbery, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert G. Luna said on Saturday.

No motive has yet been determined.

“I am grateful that this suspect in this case is in custody and no longer a threat to our community,” Moore said.

Police released an image of a car they believed was involved in the crime. (LAPD)

Los Angeles authorities said Friday the first killing in the city happened around 3am on Sunday in an alley, the second occurred Monday shortly before 5am and a third person was killed on Wednesday around 2.30am.

The victims include two Hispanic men, ages 37 and 52, and a 62-year-old black man.

Moore saidon Friday each of the killings in the Los Angeles area happened under similar circumstances and each of the victims were believed to be alone and asleep when they were attacked.

Police said they believe a single person approached each victim as they slept, opened fire then walked away.

Each victim was experiencing homelessness, alone and killed in an open area, either a sidewalk or an alley.

The killings happened in various locations in the city, including one near Skid Row, a downtown Los Angeles area known for its large homeless population.

City of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said the homeless community in Los Angeles – home to one of the largest unhoused populations in the country – already faced dangerous conditions daily, with four to five unhoused people dying every single day for a variety of reasons, including violence.

The mayor said her office convened more than 400 people representing city departments, housing service providers, regional agencies and elected officials to ‘ensure they would go out about the threat facing our unhoused community and let individuals know of the threat.’

A shooting at a homeless encampment in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon did not initially appear to be related to the fatal shootings in the Los Angeles area, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.

Share and Follow
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like
Man charged after attempted robbery derailed by hero with chip display

Man charged after attempted robbery derailed by hero with chip display

A man has been charged after an alleged robbery attempt was caught…
A goalkeeper with cropped blonde hair featuring a spray painted rainbow

Grace Wilson makes history as Australia's first non-binary professional footballer

Key Points Adelaide United footballer Grace Wilson has spoken about gender identity…
Tributes for allegedly murdered couple following overnight vigil

Tributes for allegedly murdered couple following overnight vigil

More tributes have poured in for couple Luke Davies and Jesse Baird…
After the Queensland ruling, will we see more legal challenges to COVID vaccine mandates?

After the Queensland ruling, will we see more legal challenges to COVID vaccine mandates?

This week, Queensland Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin declared the state’s COVID…
Shocking video has captured a wild brawl at a girls' basketball game in Melbourne's north over the weekend.

Shocking brawl at girls' basketball game captured on video

Shocking video has captured a wild brawl at a girls’ basketball game…
Aussies lucky to escape penalty after bizarre moment batsmen turn down crucial runs to chat in the middle of the pitch against New Zealand

Kiwi catastrophe! Absolute scenes in Wellington as Kane Williamson runs himself for a DUCK while Aussies turn down runs to have a chat mid-pitch

Australia are in complete control in their Test against New Zealand in…
Tensions flare ahead of Mardi Gras with 'unauthorised protest' in Sydney CBD

Tensions flare ahead of Mardi Gras with 'unauthorised protest' in Sydney CBD

Tensions have flared between the LGBTQ+ community and police at an “unauthorised…
CCTV shows car rolling in serious crash that left man injured

CCTV shows car rolling in serious crash that left man injured

Police are investigating whether alcohol played a part in a car crash…