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Suspect arrested in deadly DC, NYC homeless rampage

A suspect in the serial killing and shooting of Homeless people in the Big Apple and Washington, DC, was arrested in the capital early Tuesday, police said.

“ARRESTED: Early this morning law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC,” he said This was announced by the DC police department at 5:40 p.m

“He is currently being questioned by our Homicide Unit. More information will follow. Thanks to the community for all your tips.”

The arrest came just hours after the squad was released clear facial photos the prime suspect linked to two murders and three attempted murders of homeless men in both cities.

The same man has been linked to both cities after chilling video footage showed the cold-blooded murder of one of two homeless people filmed in Soho on Saturday.

A Metropolitan Police Department homicide commander — who used to live in the Big Apple — saw surveillance photos and realized they looked like the man his department was also stalking.

The suspected homeless killer was arrested in Washington, DC this morning
The suspected homeless killer was arrested in Washington, DC this morning
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Police believe the same handgun was used in all of the shootings, with ballistics linking at least one shooting in each city.

The arrest also came a day after Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joined police officers vowed to do the bust.

“We look at a person who is clearly depraved and target vulnerable people,” Bowser said.

Police placards are put up along a street where a homeless man was recently killed.
Police placards are put up along a street where a homeless man was recently killed.
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The first linked attack took place in DC on March 3, followed by two more shootings there, including the first fatality, who was found dead in a burning tent in the early hours of March 9.

It was initially thought he had suffered fatal burns, but a subsequent autopsy revealed the man had died from multiple stab and gunshot wounds.

The suspect in the homeless shootings on security footage.
The suspect in the homeless shootings on security footage.
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As of Saturday, the suspect was in the Big Apple, where caught a surveillance camera in SoHo the horrifying images of someone shooting at a homeless man on King Street at around 4:30am, wounding the victim.

The victim screamed and the gunman fled, police said.

An hour later, cameras on Lafayette Street caught him kicking a homeless man wrapped in a sleeping bag before drawing his gun and firing – a point-blank execution.

“He looked around. He made sure no one was there. And he deliberately took the life of an innocent person,” Mayor Eric Adams said.

DC Police Chief Robert Contee III said Monday that “a ton of video and camera footage” helped point to the same man.

“Imagine. We pick you up. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “Our reach is far and wide and we come for you.”

The arrest came with a $70,000 reward — $25,000 apiece from each city and an additional $20,000 from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It wasn’t immediately clear if this was being claimed, but DC police had thanked the community “for all of your tips.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/15/suspect-in-deadly-shooting-spree-of-dc-nyc-homeless-people-arrested/ Suspect arrested in deadly DC, NYC homeless rampage

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