A male suspect has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man to death in Anaheim, and police are investigating if the arrestee is linked to the three recent serial killer stabbing deaths in Orange County.
Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda was detained on Friday night and, according to Anaheim Deputy Chief Craig Hunter, fits the description of the serial killer wanted in the December murders of three OC homeless men, reports City News Service.
Witnesses called 911 at 8:17pm Friday to report an attack in progress behind the Carl’s Jr. at 3310 East La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. A 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran known as “John” was found stabbed to death next to a trash enclosure in the parking lot. People saw Ocampo running and chased him, and police apprehended the suspect on La Palma about a quarter-mile away in Yorba Linda. Ocampo stripped off some of his clothes while fleeing, and blood was found on his body, reports The OC Register.
Police reportedly questioned over two dozen witnesses, several who told reporters that John was amiable and not an aggressive beggar. Authorities had recently ramped up efforts to detain a suspect in the case, offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an apprehension.
The first murder occurred on December 20, when James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found stabbed to death near a Placentia shopping center. On Wednesday, December 28, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found near the Santa Ana riverbed and 91 Freeway. Paulus Cornelius Smit, 57, was found stabbed to death at the bottom of a stairwell outside a Yorba Linda public library on Friday, December 30. Surveillance video at the Placentia scene shows footage of the suspect, clad in a dark hoodie, along with the suspected getaway vehicle, a 2000-2003 white Toyota Corolla 4-door.
Ocampo was held without bail for suspicion of murder.
I am hoping that he is the actual killer. I saw on report that was mentioning a possible copycat. (Looking for link)