Anaheim, CA: Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters announced at a news conference held on Saturday of an arrest of a man in connection with the death of a homeless man behind a fast food restaurant and is believed to be responsible for 3 similar killings of homeless men in Orange County, California.
23 year old Itzcoatl Ocampo of Yorba Linda, California was arrested in the killing of a 65 year old homeless man who was stabbed to death behind a Carl’s Jr. Restaurant near the intersection of La Palma Ave. and the Imperial Highway in Anaheim, California last Friday night.
The man’s body was riddled with stab wounds and was lying near a dumpster behind the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant.
Bystanders and witnesses chased down Itzcoatl Ocampo on foot from the crime scene and was later captured by police.
Deputy Anaheim Police Chief Craig Hunter said the man arrested (Itzcoatl Ocampo) fits the description of a man wanted in three other stabbing deaths of homeless men in Anaheim, Placentia, and Yorba Linda in California since Tuesday, December 20th, 2011.
“We are extremely confident we have the person responsible for all four murders in Orange County,” said Anaheim Police Chief John Welter.
Police officials are saying that Itzcoatl Ocampo is set to be charged with four counts of murder.
The 65 year old homeless man, also known by some as, “John”, was well known to the community and was well liked by those who knew him.
Many from the community continue to drop off flowers and candles at a growing make-shift memorial next to the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant.
The latest killing of a homeless man is the fourth victim in the string of murders of homeless men in Orange County, California since Tuesday, December 20th, 2011.
– On Tuesday, December 20th, 2011; Police found 53 year old James McGillivray dead from multiple stab wounds outside a shopping center in Placentia, California.
Police had surveillance video from the murder scene in Placentia which was later released to the media in hopes to identified the person who committed the killing as well as who was driving the 2000 to 2003 white Toyota Corolla in the surveillance video.
– On Wednesday, December 28th, 2011; Police found 42 year old Lloyd Middaugh stabbed to death on the riverbed trail in Anaheim, California.
– On Friday, December 30th, 2011; The body of 57 year old Paulus Cornelius Smit was found near the Yorba Linda Library in Yorba Linda, California.
Itzcoatl Ocampo is being held at the Orange County Jail Facility without bail and is scheduled to appear in court this week.
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