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SDPD: Two Homeless Men Killed, A Third Badly Hurt In Separate Attacks

Photo caption: San Diego police investigate the discovery of a body near the tennis courts a...

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San Diego police investigate the discovery of a body near the tennis courts at Robb Field in Ocean Beach, July 4, 2016.

Homeless Advocate Speaks Out On Recent Homeless Killings


Bob McElroy, president, Alpha Project


San Diego police were investigating the killing of two homeless men and the slashing of another — all within a 25-hour period that began about 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police released on Monday still images from a convenience store video of a man who they want to talk to about the attacks. Two occurred near Mission Bay Park and the third was at the Robb Athletic Field in Ocean Beach.

The string of attacks began on Sunday when police officers and firefighters responded to a report of a fire around 8:05 a.m. on Morena Boulevard near Clairemont Drive. Police said they discovered a man’s body on fire between Interstate 5 and the train tracks.

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San Diego police released this blurry photo from a convenience store video of a man wanted for questioning in attacks on three homeless men, July 4, 2016.

Witnesses told homicide investigators they saw a man run across I-5 near Clairemont Drive carrying a gas can. He was described as white and in his 30s to 50s. He was wearing a tan or brown jacket or sweatshirt, a baseball hat of an unknown color and carrying a backpack, police said.

Authorities blocked off the area throughout Sunday while they investigated the killing.

Then, early Monday, police received a call of a man bleeding on Greenwood Street near Kurtz Street in the Sports Arena area.

Police said officers found a man who had stab wounds in his upper torso, and he was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The attack happened about 4:50 a.m. and about three miles from the killing on Sunday.

Then, around 6:10 a.m. Monday, police received a report of a bloody body near the tennis courts at the Robb Athletic Field in Ocean Beach. Police said he had trauma to his upper torso.

The park is on Bacon Street, near West Point Loma Boulevard, about three miles from where the stabbing victim had been found on Greenwood, police said.

Witnesses said that all three men were possible transients who frequented the areas where they were attacked.

Detectives asked that anyone with information about the attacks call the San Diego police at (619) 531-2346 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Location of attacks

An unidentified assailant is suspected of attacking four homeless men over a four-day period. This map shows the location of those attacks (red markers) and the location of other attacks (blue markers) on homeless people this year, according to news reports. Created by Brooke Ruth/KPBS.

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