Police: New video shows California serial killer tied to 6 slayings ‘on a mission’

On Tuesday, police in central California searching for a serial killer responsible for at least six slayings released a short surveillance video showing a person of interest with an unusually upright posture.

Ballistics tests and video evidence linked six fatal shootings and the wounding of a homeless woman in Stockton and Oakland between April 2021 and September 27 of this year, police said.

“We don’t know what the motive is. What we do believe is that it’s mission-oriented,” Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said during a press conference. “This person’s on a mission.”

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A surveillance video released on Tuesday shows a man dressed entirely in black walking down a street. The police chief noticed the man’s “upright” posture.

“I like to think we have a normal gait and walk about us when we walk around, but this person’s posture is extremely upright,” McFadden told reporters, adding that the man in the video also has an “uneven stride.”

In April 2021, the first fatal shooting occurred in Oakland. Days later, the woman was shot in Stockton.

After more than a year, the five killings in Stockton occurred between July 8 and September 27, all within a few square miles, according to police.

Although police would not say whether all seven shootings were caused by the same weapon, McFadden alluded to a single pistol during the news conference.

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“I have absolutely no answer as to why that pistol went dormant for over 400 days,” the chief said, referring the the 448-day lull between the second shooting and the third.

Last week, authorities announced that five men in Stockton were ambushed and shot to death while alone in the dark. Ballistic evidence linked the two additional cases last year to those killings, police said on Monday.

The person of interest in the case is seen on video at several crime scenes, but no evidence directly links them to the shootings, according to McFadden.

He went on to say that some of the victims were homeless while others were not. Except for one, all of the fatalities were Hispanic men.

On April 10, 2021, around 4:15 a.m., the first killing targeted Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, in Oakland. According to the Alameda County coroner’s office, he was shot multiple times.

The 46-year-old unhoused black woman told investigators that she was inside her tent at Park and Union street on April 16, 2021, at about 3:20 a.m., when she heard someone walking around outside.

“When she came out of her tent, she encountered someone holding a gun,” McFadden said.

The suspect shot the woman multiple times, but she tried to defend herself by advancing toward her attacker, the chief said. The shooter lowered the gun.

“She said there were no words mentioned at all,” McFadden said.

The attacker was described as being between 5 feet 10 and 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, dark-colored pants, and an all-black COVID-style face mask.

n the fatal Stockton cases, none of the men were robbed or beaten before the killings, and none appeared to have known one another, Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva said. The shootings also do not appear to be related to gangs or drugs.

The San Joaquin County Office of the Medical Examiner identified the Stockton victims as Paul Yaw, 35, who died July 8; 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.

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Greta Bogrow, Yaw’s mother, told KCRA that her son, who was homeless at the time of his death, was “a great man with a big heart.”

Debudey was shot in a parking lot in the 4900 block of West Lane and died at the scene, leaving behind his wife and daughter.

Greta Bogrow, Yaw’s mother, told KCRA that her son, who was homeless at the time of his death, was “a great man with a big heart.”

Debudey was shot in a parking lot in the 4900 block of West Lane and died at the scene, leaving behind his wife and daughter.

Four of the Stockton homicide victims were walking alone, and a fifth was in a parked car when they were killed in the evening or early morning, according to police.

A $125,000 reward is now available for information leading to an arrest. Police are receiving hundreds of tips per day and submitting additional evidence in case other crimes in the state are linked to the recent spate of shootings.

source:nsemwokrom.com