Ramon Escobar, 47, was identified by the police as a suspect in the violent attacks on the homeless in Los Angeles.
The suspect who police say was behind a series of brutal baseball bat attack on sleeping homeless men in Southern California, which has three dead and a number more in critical condition had been deported six times, federal immigration officials said Tuesday night.
Ramon Escobar, 47, who is originally from El Salvador, was arrested Monday after the alleged attack of a homeless man in Santa Monica. He was indicted in connection with the three murders and four attempted murders this month, ABC 7 reported.
Investigators believe Escobar– who is believed to be homeless–used a baseball bat and a bolt cutters to take of the seven men. A bat was recovered in Escobar’s vehicle, together with a pair of bolt cutters at the scene of an attack in Santa Monica, police said, according to NBC.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Escobar was removed from the US six times between 1997 and 2011. After that the U.S. illegally, he won an appeal of his immigration case in 2016 and was released.
Ramon Escobar, the cousin of missing persons, Dina and Rogelio Escobar, was arrested in Santa Monica, California, yesterday. He is a person of interest in their disappearance in Houston. Our researchers want to speak with him. No other information at this time. pic.twitter.com/sUpD7oePUf
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) on September 25, 2018
“After illegally that the US is after his most recent removal, Alberto-Escobar appeals his immigration case with the Board of Immigration Appeals in June 2016, which the court granted in December 2016,” ICE said in a statement, according to ABC 7. “ICE released him from custody on an Order of Supervision in January 2017 on the basis of the decision of the court.”
ICE has lodged a detainer to take Escobar into custody if he is released.
The police said robbery appeared to be the motive for the majority of the attacks.
Escobar is also linked to the disappearance of two family members in Houston, Texas, in the last month, police said. He fled to Los Angeles shortly after being questioned about the matter, ABC 7 reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.