Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Homeless Men Were Beaten to Death in Manhattan, Police say

Homeless Men Were Beaten to Death in Manhattan, Police say

After discovering the bludgeoned senior, cops found a 49-year-old man conscious and bleeding from the head.

It's unclear if he has an lawyer.

Two law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Randy Rodriguez Santos.

Police searching the area found three additional victims on East Broadway suffering from severe head trauma who were later declared dead, he said.

One survived and was hospitalized in critical condition.

A suspect is in custody after four people believed to be homeless were found dead in Manhattan.

He is charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful possession of marijuana stemming from the Chinatown killings. Formal charges were pending.

Investigators say they were able to track down Santos, who is also homeless, just a quarter mile from the crime scene thanks to nearby witnesses.

According to officials, he was carrying a metal object believed to have been used in the incident.

The police department's chief of detectives for Manhattan South, Michael Baldassano, told reporters on Saturday that the victims had appeared to be sleeping and a fifth victim was in the hospital. According to the suspect's relatives, Santos had struggled with drug use since his arrival to the US from the Dominican Republic. He remains in critical condition.

He said the attack appears to be random.

The grisly discoveries began around 2 a.m., when someone called 911 to report an assault near a building in Chinatown, police said.

The recent trend was revealed by NYPD's weekly CompStat report which found 51 murders as of February 24-a 50 percent increase from the same time a year ago.

The attacks spread new anxiety among homeless people in the neighborhood.

The victims were attacked in the early hours of Saturday as they slept in Chinatown, Manhattan.

A 24-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene, according to the reports. The identities of the victims have not been released.

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