Man arrested in connection to homeless attacks in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The man arrested for a series of attacks on the homeless across San Diego is expected to be arraigned Monday. 

The San Diego Police Department and Homicide Unit confirmed Anthony Alexander Padgett (April, 7, 1980) was arrested and booked into San Diego County Jail on two counts each of murder and attempted murder stemming from the series of attacks on homeless people.

According to San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit, only information received by police led to the arrest, but he would not discuss a possible motive for the attacks.

Padgett is from Chula Vista, and he was arrested around 10 a.m. near Broadway and Eighth Street in Chula Vista Thursday morning.

According to a 2010 article published by The Star News, Padgett was arrested for setting his friend on fire while he was sleeping in the parking lot of a Chula Vista grocery store.

The friend, Sydney Moreno was burned over 30 percent of his body.

Padgett, then 30 years old, was fined $414 by Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Ana Espana.

According to Star News, Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown urged an 8-year term, saying Padgett was a danger to the public.

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