A suspect has been convicted for murdering. On Sunday afternoon, Randy Santos, 24, was arrested by the New York Police Department and charged with many counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
On Saturday night, four homeless men were struck to death by a man wielding a metal pipe in New York City, police responded. A fifth victim, who was supposed to be homeless, was admitted to hospital with injuries.
NYPD officers seized the murder weapon and told Santos is also homeless. During his questioning with police, Santos has presented footage of the assaults and confirmed he was the person in the video.
Police reacted to reports of a fight at 1:40 a.m. Saturday in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood, where first responders found a victim who suffered trauma to his head. They found three other victims just a block away. Police told the victims were sleeping when the attack took place.
The fifth victim, a 49-year-old male, was brought to the hospital in severe condition.
Resident Carla Williams said to CBS New York, “It is very scary, you know, because I walk through here all the time, going to the library and everything.”
Police told the motive seems to be a random attack and not a hate crime. Prosecutors stated that Santos was arrested while holding the murder weapon that was covered in blood and hair. Santos used a Spanish interpreter in court and did not enter a plea during his arraignment. He returns to court on October 11.
If any person who has any information about this incident is requested to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782.