Homeless men killed

The suspect was identified as Randy Rodriguez Santos, a 24-year-old man who is also assumed to be homeless.

The suspect was identified as Randy Rodriguez Santos, a 24-year-old man who is also assumed to be homeless.

Isabella Harrop, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, there was a fatal attack on homeless men sleeping on the streets of New York City’s Chinatown area, leaving four men dead and one hospitalized with serious injuries. The ages varied from the youngest of 45 to the oldest being 83 years old. Each was struck in the head with a metal object while they were sleeping.

 

The victims were found early Saturday in three different locations either in or near Chinatown. Someone called 911 around 2am, and the officers found one man with severe head trauma who was later pronounced dead. The second man found was taken immediately to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The officers expanded their search in which they found three other bodies. Two of the men were killed on East Broadway in front of a pharmacy; others on The Bowery, which cuts through Chinatown. They were all found within a 2-block radius of each other.

 

Witnesses saw a man in a black jacket and pants hit someone numerous times with a metal object before fleeing. There is also surveillance footage showing the suspect holding a metal object and beating the men. The suspect was arrested, and he still had the weapon in his hand with blood and hair on it at the time of his arrest. The suspect was identified as Randy Rodriguez Santos, a 24-year-old man who is also assumed to be homeless.

 

Santos has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He has been arrested at least six times in the past. About a year ago he was arrested for choking and biting a 55-year-old man. Four days later he was accused of punching a man on the Q train. Santos has been kicked out of multiple homeless shelters for punching other residents. However, the charges were all dropped because the victims no longer cooperated. There was warrants issued for his arrests after he skipped court for another charge. He has a history of using illegal drugs which his aunt stated made him paranoid and violent. His mother kicked him out of the house because she was afraid of him because he punched her.

 

He was arraigned in New York City civil court and held without bail. His next court date is Friday. The motive as of now appears to be random as there is no evidence to say it was because of race, age or anything else of that nature. He never spoke a word, not even in court. Therefore, Santos has not given a reason as to why he brutally attacked these men. Overall, he did not get away this his actions this time.

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