The mayor of Stockton, California, said on Sunday that after the weekend arrest of a man suspected of killing six men and wounding a woman in a string of shootings over three months in Northern California, residents may rest easier.
Mayor Kevin Lincoln claimed that when he learned that the man who authorities believe has been terrorising Stockton since July had been apprehended at two in the morning on Saturday, he sobbed with relief.
Wesley Brownlee “was out hunting” and had on all-black clothing, a mask around his neck, and a handgun “Police Chief Stanley McFadden stated at a news conference on Saturday that the suspect was stopped while driving around the Central Valley city, the scene of five of the shootings, looking for a different potential victim.
Sunday morning, Lincoln observed, “The city was able to sleep a little bit better last night.” “No person living in this city should have to go about their daily business fearfully looking behind them.” The mayor gave appreciation to Stockton residents who provided hundreds of tips to detectives, which ultimately resulted in the 43-year-old suspect being apprehended.
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On Sunday, it wasn’t immediately clear if Brownlee, of Stockton, had a lawyer to represent him. He was scheduled to be arraigned on murder-related charges on Tuesday. “This guy inflicted a lot of hurt and trauma,” stated Lincoln. “As mayor, my prayer and hope are that our town starts the healing process as a result of the serial killings.”
In Stockton, five men were ambushed and shot to death between July 8 and September 27. Police were looking for a man wearing all black who was seen on surveillance footage at numerous of the murder locations. One was in a parked automobile, while the remaining four were strolling.
The same person, according to police, is suspected of killing a man in Oakland, 70 miles (113 kilometres) distant, in April 2021, and injuring a homeless woman in Stockton, a week later.
According to investigators, video evidence and ballistics testing connected the crimes. The gun that the guy is claimed to have been carrying is seen in a police photo. It appeared to be a handgun that fired semi-automatically and contained some nonmetallic components. A moment of silence for the victims was observed during the news conference on Saturday.
On April 10, 2021, Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, was shot and killed in Oakland, while Natasha LaTour, 46, was wounded but survived on April 16 in Stockton. There were five males killed in Stockton this year: Paul Yaw, 35, who died on July 8; Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, who died on August 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21; Juan Cruz, 52; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54.
Police stated that Brownlee has a criminal background and that it is likely that he has resided in various places close to Stockton, but they could not provide any other information. Investigators found and kept an eye on Brownlee’s residence after getting hundreds of tips.
We were able to identify a potential suspect thanks to the information provided to the police department and Stockton Crime Stoppers, according to McFadden. “This gentleman was tracked by our surveillance team as he was driving.”
The chief claimed that after observing his movements, investigators concluded that the man was out looking for another victim. We prevented a murder, he claimed. Brownlee was apprehended, according to McFadden, after acting in a way that seemed menacing, such as visiting parks and dark areas before stopping and taking a look about before continuing on his way.
According to Officer Joseph Silva, a police spokesperson, investigators were still examining the material and attempting to determine a reason for the attacks. Not all of the victims, according to the police, were homeless. None were harmed or robbed, and the woman who made it out claimed her assailant remained silent.
The FBI, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were among the local, state, and federal organisations that the police chief commended for helping with the investigation.
To see if the murders could be connected to two murders that occurred in the Rogers Park area of Chicago in 2018, local detectives and Chicago police collaborated. Videos of the suspects, according to the authorities, revealed a man in black with a unique gait. However, the Chicago police reported on Friday that there didn’t seem to be any connection.