Wesley Brownlee, a 43-year-old Stockton resident and suspect, was pulled over early on Saturday, according to Stockton police chief Stanley McFadden. Police said that after receiving tips, authorities targeted Brownlee and followed him while driving.
The chief said. “The man’s behavior was consistent with some of the patterns we had seen around parks, around dark spots, halting, looking about, and going again.”
“He had a murderous agenda. He was on the prowl, McFadden made the assertion. “He was covered in black apparel and had a mask over his neck when police first came into touch with him. When he was hauled into prison, he was also carrying a gun. We feel confident that we avoided another murder.” He continued.
A Series of Murders
Five men were attacked and killed in Stockton between July 8 and September 27. A guy wearing all black was seen on surveillance footage at numerous of the murder locations. One was in a parked car, and the other four were strolling.
Police suspect the same individual killed a man in Oakland, California, 70 miles distant, in April 2021, and wounded a homeless lady in Stockton, California, a week later. Ballistics tests and video footage, according to investigators, connected the crimes. A minute of silence was observed during the news conference in memory of the victims.
On April 10, 2021, Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, died in Oakland, while on April 16, 2021, Natasha LaTour, 46, was shot in Stockton but lived. The five males slain in Stockton this year were Paul Yaw, 35, who died on July 8; Salvador Debudey Jr., 43; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21; Juan Cruz, 52; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54; they also died on August 11; August 30; September 21; and September 27.
An Intelligent Investigation To Find the Killer
Police did not provide information that Brownlee had a criminal past and was likely a resident of numerous locations close to Stockton.
After launching the manhunt, according to the authorities, they got hundreds of tips, and detectives found and kept an eye on Brownlee’s residence.
“We were able to narrow down a potential suspect based on tips coming into the department and Stockton Crime Stoppers,” McFadden added. “This guy was being followed while driving by our surveillance team. We observed his behaviour and concluded early this morning that he was on a killing spree.”
The FBI, U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were among the local, state, and federal organisations that the police chief praised for their assistance in the investigation.
To examine if the homicides may be connected to two murders that occurred in the Rogers Park area of Chicago in 2018, local detectives also collaborated with Chicago police. Authorities said that a guy in black with a unique gait was visible in videos of the accused. On Friday, Chicago police stated that there didn’t seem to be any connection.