Two homeless killed, one attacked near Mission Bay Park in the past 25 hours
OCEAN BEACH (KUSI) — Two homeless men have been killed within 25 hours near Mission Bay Park, and a third man was slashed, and San Diego police asked the public Monday to help them find the man who doused one corpse with gasoline next to Interstate 5 Sunday.
Police held an extraordinary midday news conference on the Fourth of July to ask for the public’s help in finding the man. They released a photo taken by a camera at a convenience store that may show the suspect.
The string of murders began at sunrise Sunday, when witnesses saw a man run across Interstate 5 near Clairemont Drive carrying a gas can. Firefighters were called to a 20-by-20-foot fire burning under an offramp bridge, and found a recently-killed man there.
A second man was discovered with stab wounds of some sort, off Kurtz Street east of the Sports Arena, shortly before 5 a.m. today. That man had trauma to his upper torso and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
That attack was about two miles south of the first one.
The third attack was reported about 80 minutes later, at 6:10 a.m., about three miles to the west. In the 2500 block of Bacon Street, near Robb Field in Ocean Beach, a man was found dead with trauma to his upper torso, according to San Diego Police.
All three men were possible transients who frequented the areas where they were attacked, according to witnesses.
Information was developed that identified a possible person of interest in these cases, SDPD Homicide Lt. Ray Valentin said. Photos of the suspect were available.
Witnesses to the first attack told firefighters and police they saw a white man in his 30s to 50s running across the freeway lanes, from the railroad tracks area toward Mission Bay, carrying a gas can. He was described as wearing a tan or brown jacket or sweatshirt, a baseball hat of an unknown color and carrying a backpack.
Detectives asked anyone with information related to these incidents to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2346 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.