A man who immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic has been arrested and charged with murdering four homeless men in New York City.
Randy Rodriguez-Santos, 24, was picked up by police after five homeless men were bludgeoned while they slept on the streets. Police figured that the weapon used to kill the men was a heavy piece of metal, and the suspect was found in possession of just such a weapon — it was also caked with blood and hair.
Rodriguez-Santos is accused of stalking sleeping homeless men and smashing them in the heads with the 15-pound, 3-foot-long piece of metal. He attacked up to six men, killing four.
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“They were sleeping. They never saw it coming,” a NYPD source told the New York Post. “He just walked up to them and pummeled them,” the source added.
At least one of the attacks was captured on surveillance video which led to the suspect’s arrest.
“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Baldassano, head of the Manhattan South Detectives said in a press conference on Sunday.
Police say that Rodriguez-Santos has a record of violence among at least 14 arrests.
In one incident, for instance, the suspect was accused of jumping over a desk of a Single room occupancy (SRO) facility and grabbing a clerk by the neck and biting him on his chest.
Rodriguez-Santos also has sexual assaults, shoplifting, and other charges on his long record.
The suspect’s mother was deathly afraid of her dangerous son.
“I never thought he would kill someone,” Fioraliza Rodriguez told the paper. “I was afraid of him, though, because he punched me. That’s when I told him to get out of my house.”
“When I told him to leave, he came back and threatened me,” the woman added. “He said when I go back to Santo Domingo, he’ll get people to cut my face.”
Rodriguez-Santos is being held in the Fifth Precinct and will face multiple charges of murder.
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