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Suspected California serial killer Wesley Brownlee arrested by police while ‘out hunting’ | US News


A man suspected of killing six people in a series of murders in California has been arrested by police while “hunting” for his next victim.

Wesley Brownlee was driving in Stockton, the site of the five murders, and armed with a handgun, when he was stopped by police in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Investigators tracked down the 43-year-old after receiving advice from members of the public.

Police Chief Stanley McFadden said: “Based on the advice of the Department and Stockton Crime Stoppers, we were able to apprehend a possible suspect.

“Our surveillance team tracked this person while he was driving. We looked at his samples and determined, early this morning, he was on a murder mission.”

Mr McFadden added that Brownlee was detained after engaging in seemingly threatening behavior, including going to parks and dark places, stopping and looking around before continuing.

He was dressed in black, had a mask around his neck, had a gun and was “on the hunt,” the sheriff said.

A police photo shows the weapon believed to be carried by the suspect, which appears to be a semi-automatic handgun containing some non-metallic material.

Brownlee allegedly shot dead six men and wounded a woman in an 18-month killing spree in the Stockton and Oakland areas.

Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden speaks during a news conference at Stockton Police Department headquarters about the arrest of suspect Wesley Brownlee in a series of murders in Stockton, California, Saturday, October 15, 2022. Behind McFadden are Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln, left, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Veber Salazar and Stockton City Manager Harry Black.  (Clifford Oto / The Record via AP)
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Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden speaks during a press conference

Who is the victim?

Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, was the first victim killed in Oakland on April 10, 2021.

Just six days later, 46-year-old Natasha LaTour was shot in Stockton, but survived after driving away the attacker by walking towards them.

More than a year later, the killer struck again, shooting dead Paul Yaw, 35, on July 8, then Salvador Debudey on August 11, followed by Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, on May 30. 8 and Juan Cruz 52 years old. on September 21.

Paul Yaw was Stockton's first victim to die Pic: Greta Bogrow
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Paul Yaw was Stockton’s first victim to die. Photo: Greta Bogrow

The most recent victim was Mr. Lawrence Lopez, 54, who died on September 27.

Police believe the same person is responsible for all shootings, with ballistics tests and video evidence linking the crimes together.

There has been a $125,000 (£109,000) reward for information leading to an arrest.

Lorenzo Lopez, the most recent victim, died on September 27 Photo: Jerry Lopez's family
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Lorenzo Lopez, the most recent victim, died on September 27 Photo: Jerry Lopez’s family

Police said Brownlee has a criminal history and is believed to have also lived in several cities near Stockton, but they did not provide further details.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the attacks, and none of the victims appear to have little in common.

Some victims are homeless, but not all. No one was beaten or robbed, and the woman who survived said her attacker said nothing.

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