October 22, 2018

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Violent Predator arrested for killings of homeless men

Violent Predator arrested for killings of homeless men

 

A previously deported felon described by police as a ‘violent predator’ has been arrested for the killings of three homeless men and the attempted killings of four others in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Ramon Escobar was arrested Monday in Santa Monica following an early morning attack there.

‘We have connected Ramon Escobar to seven attacks in the two cities,’ Los Angeles Police Department Capt. William Hayes said during a news conference Tuesday. In three of those assaults — two in Los Angeles and one in Santa Monica — the victims died as a result of injuries sustained during the violent attacks by Ramon Escobar,’

Of Escobar’s surviving alleged victims, one is on life support, two are in comas and one has been treated and released from the hospital, Hayes said.

He told reporters that Escobar was also a person of interest in an investigation into the late August disappearance of two relatives with whom he had been living in Houston, Texas. Escobar fled to California from Texas in early September, after being questioned by authorities in Houston, reports show.

Escobar is being held under bail. His arraignment was continued to November 8, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the LA County District Attorney’s Office.

Victims not being targeted

The Santa Monica attacks took place on September 8, 10, 20 and 24, Capt. Wendell Shirley of the Santa Monica Police Department told reporters. In each case, the victims had been sleeping on the beach when they were assaulted, he said.

‘(Escobar) is a violent predator. He’s preying on innocent people, in particular, most of these cases are victims are people who were asleep when he went up and did it,’ Hayes told a reporter

Escobar has had many run-ins with immigration. He was deported to El Salvador six times between 1997 and 2011, says Immigration and Custom Enforcement

ICE said that it has filed a detainer against Escobar indicating that the agency wishes to take Escobar into custody for immigration removal proceedings whenever he is released.

 

The Santa Monica attacks took place on September 8, 10, 20 and 24, Capt. Wendell Shirley of the Santa Monica Police Department told reporters. In each case, the victims had been sleeping on the beach when they were assaulted, he said.

‘(Escobar) is a violent predator. He’s preying on innocent people, in particular, most of these victims are people who were asleep when he went up and did it,’ Hayes told reporters

About whether the targets are carefully being targeted, Hayes said; ‘It does not appear that it was directed at any specific group, I think it was a crime of opportunity,’ Hayes said. ‘It appears that the motive in most of these cases was robbery.’

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