San Diego

Suspect Arrested in Homeless Killing Spree

Jon David Guerrero, 39, was taken into custody Friday and will face three counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson

San Diego police identified the man they've arrested in the investigation of a series of attacks on homeless men while they sleep.

Jon David Guerrero, 39, of San Diego has been taken into custody based on a "significant amount of evidence," Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman announced at a Friday afternoon news conference.

“We can all rest a little easier tonight knowing this predator is off our streets,” Zimmerman said.

Guerrero is accused in five attacks that began July 3 and believes to have acted alone.

Guerrero was taken into custody near the most recent attack at 18th and C Street just after 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Two Harbor Police heard a male screaming for help and found a 55-year-old man with significant trauma to his upper torso.

“He was asleep and he was awakened by being attacked,” Nisleit said.

One person was detained on Laurel Street a couple of blocks east of Interstate 5.

Nisleit would not release information about the weapon used in the attack.

"Today detectives discovered physical evidence at the scene and the suspect’s residence that definitively and uniquely links together the recent murders and brutal attacks against the homeless community," Capt. David Nisleit said.

No motive was discussed in the media briefing on Friday.

Guerrero will face three counts of first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson.

He was booked into the San Diego Central Jail in downtown on Friday.

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Four men were attacked between July 3 and July 6. Three of the men died from their injuries. A fourth is in critical condition and unable to identify his attacker, police said.

The victim in Friday's attack was not identified by name but police officials said he was hospitalized in critical condition.

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