A man from Texas who is suspected of killing 3 people and seriously injuring 4 in what was a 17-day string of attacks on Southern California men who were sleeping – most of them homeless – was found to have been deported from the United States 6 times and had a lengthy criminal history, immigration officials said on Tuesday night.
Forty-seven year old Ramon Escobar, who was believed to also be homeless, likely targeted his victims in both Los Angeles and Santa Monica to rob them, Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday.
Hayes went on to say that the numerous attacks did not appear to be based on any hatred for homeless people, CBS Los Angeles reports. “I think it was a crime of opportunity,” he said. ” … It appears the motive in most of these cases was robbery.”
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