California cops stated they nabbed a serial killer as he looked for his subsequent sufferer.
Wesley Brownlee, 43, was allegedly driving the streets of Stockton within the wee hours of Saturday, wearing black with a masks round his neck and a gun by his facet, police stated.
“Our surveillance group adopted this individual whereas he was driving. We watched his patterns and decided early this morning, he was on a mission to kill,” Police Chief Stanley McFadden wrote on Fb.
“We’re positive we stopped one other killing,” he added at a later information convention.
Brownlee is believed to be liable for capturing seven folks since April 2021, slaying six of them and leaving one damage, authorities stated.
The motive for the shootings is unknown, stated police. Not one of the victims have been assaulted or robbed.
Most of his targets have been homeless, ambushed and shot to loss of life between July 8 and Sept. 27.
Wesley Brownlee is believed to be liable for capturing seven folks since April 2021.Stockton Police Division by way of AP
The homicide spree started April 10, 2021, when Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, was slain in Oakland. The following sufferer, police stated, was Natasha LaTour, 46, who was shot six days later, however lived. Her attacker didn’t say something earlier than opening hearth, she informed police.
The bloodshed stopped for months, till July 8, when Paul Yaw, 35 was killed in Stockton, adopted by Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, who died Aug. 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, who died Aug. 30; Juan Cruz, 52, who died Sept. 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, who died Sept. 27.
“Based mostly on suggestions coming into the division and Stockton Crime Stoppers, we have been capable of zero in on a attainable suspect,” McFadden stated.
Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden speaks throughout a press convention on the Stockton Police Division headquarters in Stockton, Calif.Clifford Oto/The Document by way of AP
Brownlee was stopped after cops noticed him going to parks and darkish areas, stopping and looking out round earlier than transferring on, McFadden stated.
Further reporting by Marjorie Hernandez
With Put up wires