Police arrest man suspected of stalking, killing homeless in NYC, DC

Police said early Tuesday they arrested a suspected gunman who has been stalking sleeping homeless men on the streets of New York City and Washington D.C., killing at least two people and wounding three others in less than two weeks.

“Early this AM, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC. He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your tips,” DC police wrote on Twitter.

Police in the two cities earlier released multiple surveillance photographs, including a close-up snapshot clearly showing the man’s face, and urged people who might know him to come forward.

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The earliest known shooting happened at around 4 a.m. on March 3 in Washington D.C., police said, when a man was shot and wounded in the city’s Northeast section. A second man was wounded on March 8, just before 1:30 a.m.

These images taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York Police Department show a man suspected of shooting two homeless people on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in New York. A search is underway for the gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (New York Police Department via AP)

These images taken from surveillance video and provided by the New York Police Department show a man suspected of shooting two homeless people on Saturday, March 12, 2022 in New York. A search is underway for the gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (New York Police Department via AP)

At 3 a.m. the next day, March 9, police and firefighters found a dead man inside a burning tent. He was initially thought to have suffered fatal burns, but a subsequent autopsy revealed that the man had died of multiple stab and gunshot wounds.

The killer then traveled north to New York City, police said.

At 4:30 a.m. Saturday, a 38-year-old man sleeping on the street in Manhattan not far from the entrance to the Holland Tunnel was shot in his right arm as he slept.

A pedestrian walks past a bulletin posted by NYPD near the place where a homeless person was killed days earlier in lower Manhattan, Monday, March 14, 2022, in New York. A search is underway for a gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

A pedestrian walks past a bulletin posted by NYPD near the place where a homeless person was killed days earlier in lower Manhattan, Monday, March 14, 2022, in New York. A search is underway for a gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The victim screamed, and the gunman took off, police said.

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About 90 minutes later, the gunman fatally shot another man on Lafayette Street in SoHo, police said.

People walk by a bulletin posted by NYPD near the place where a homeless person was killed days earlier in lower Manhattan, Monday, March 14, 2022, in New York. A search is underway for a gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

People walk by a bulletin posted by NYPD near the place where a homeless person was killed days earlier in lower Manhattan, Monday, March 14, 2022, in New York. A search is underway for a gunman who has been stalking and shooting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York City. Authorities say the gunman killed two people and wounded three more in less than two weeks. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

“He looked around. He made sure no one was there. And he intentionally took the life of an innocent person,” Adams said.

The man’s body was found in his sleeping bag just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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