Captain Billy Hayes fields questions at the LAPD headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. A man arrested on suspicion of beating a Southern California homeless man unconscious and suspected in six other attacks — three of them fatal — were also investigated in the disappearance of two of the accused (Texas family, officials said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LOS ANGELES – The Latest on a man suspected in the brutal beatings of homeless men in Southern California (all times are local):
Los Angeles police say investigators have a baseball bat and a bolt cutters they believe that a homeless man used to attack men sleeping on the streets or beaches, killing three and leaving others in comas.
During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, authorities said they will ask the prosecutors on Thursday, charging 47-year-old Ramon Escobar with murder and attempted murder in a series of attacks this month in L. A. and Santa Monica.
Escobar has been held without bail after his arrest in connection with a Monday attack in Santa Monica.
Authorities believe Escobar also clubbed three men sleeping on the beach or under the pier in Santa Monica, and three men sleeping on the street in downtown Los Angeles. Police believe robbery was the motive.
Police say the attacks took place less than two weeks after Escobar drove to California and Texas, where he is a person of interest in the disappearance of his uncle and aunt.
A man in research on brutal treatment of Southern California’s homeless men and the disappearances of the family in Texas has a criminal record that includes assault.
Records in Texas show 47-year-old Ramon Escobar has had a few arrests for auto burglary, embezzlement, failure to stop, public drunkenness, and two assaults, most recently in November 2017. In that case, was described as a crime.
Escobar was Monday arrested in Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica for allegedly beating a homeless man into unconsciousness.
Los Angeles police say that he is a suspect in a recent attack on three homeless men, including the two who later died.
Houston police say Escobar is a person of interest in the disappearance of an uncle and aunt in the last month.
A man arrested on suspicion of beating a Southern California homeless man unconscious and suspected in three fatal assault is also being investigated in the disappearance of two Texas families.
Houston police Lt. Humberto Lopez tells the Los Angeles Times that the 47-year-old Ramon Escobar is a person of interest in the disappearances last month of the 60-year-old Dina Escobar and her brother, the 65-year-old Rogelio Escobar.
Dina Escobar’s burned of was found in Galveston a few days after she went in search of her missing brother.
Lopez says Ramon Escobar is their cousin and the police want to talk to him.
The Southern California abuse took place in Los Angeles and the suburbs of Santa Monica, where Ramon Escobar was Monday arrested after a homeless man was severely beaten.