A 12-day police manhunt for a serial killer targeting homeless men across San Diego came to a dramatic end Friday when two officers came across a fifth victim, who was screaming in pain, and an hour later a police dragnet snared a suspect, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. The latest victim, a 55-year-old man who was sleeping near an interstate highway overpass, is expected to survive.
Police arrested Jon David Guerrero, 39, about three miles away. Guerrero faces three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson. Court records show a history of arrests and mental competency hearings for Guerrero, including one judge’s order that sent him to a state hospital for psychiatric treatment.”I firmly believe, and want everyone to know, I am firmly confident Guerrero is the [serial killing] suspect,” said Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman. Michael McConnell, an advocacy worker for the homeless, said the arrest is “going to be a huge relief for the homeless. (Police) certainly weren’t going to stop until they got him. This is certainly particularly heinous. What would drive a person to do this?”