Suspect arrested in apparent serial killings in Stockton
Over the last few months, men ranging in age from 21 to 54 have been killed.
|Wesley Brownlee, 43, was arrested and charged with homicide Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Authorities believe he is connected to a series of killings in Stockton and Chicago, Calif. Stockton Police Department|
According to the Stockton Police Department, a suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with six unprovoked murders of men ages 21 to 54 in recent months.
Wesley Brownlee, 43, was arrested on a homicide charge Saturday, according to the Stockton Police Department. Surveillance teams followed Brownlee while he was driving and pulled over near Village Green Drive and Winslow Avenue around 2 a.m. Saturday.
"He was wearing dark clothing and a mask around his neck when officers approached him. He was also armed with a firearm when he was apprehended. We are confident that we have prevented another murder "Chief Stanley McFadden addressed the charges at a press conference on Saturday.
Brown will be arraigned on Tuesday, and more charges are expected, according to police.
The victims were identified by the San Joaquin County Medical Examiner's Office. Paul Yaw, 35, was murdered on July 8; Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, was murdered on August 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, was murdered on August 30; Juan Cruz, 52, was murdered on September 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, was murdered on September 27.
The men were alone when they were fatally shot, and all of the killings occurred at night or early in the morning, according to police.
Another shooting, at 3:20 a.m. on April 16, 2021, at Park Street and Union Street in Stockton, was also linked to the investigation, police said earlier this month. According to them, the woman survived the shooting.
The motive for the killings is unknown, according to police, but it is believed to have been intentional.