4 homeless men beaten to death in Manhattan in random attack, police say
Four homeless men were found beaten to death in Manhattan early Saturday morning in what police are calling a random attack. A fifth man is in critical condition.
All five victims were men who suffered trauma to the head, police say. They appeared to have been sleeping.
At 1:49 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of an assault in progress in the Chinatown area. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma to the head. EMS pronounced the man dead.
A second man, 49, was taken to New York Downtown Hospital in critical condition.
Police later discovered three more men in the area, all who had died.
Two witnesses on the scene told officers that a man in a black jacket and black pants struck a victim in the head with a metal object multiple times, then left.
A 24-year-old man with a pipe has been taken into custody. The man also appeared to be homeless, police say.
Police could not say if the suspect was found holding the pipe.
“We did recover a weapon — a pipe — close by. I’ll leave it at that,” said Deputy Chief of Manhattan South Detectives Michael Baldassano at a press conference Saturday.
Baldassanosaid that the crime appeared to be a random attack.
Police are conducting a street-by-street canvas for additional victims, said Assistant Chief Stephen J. Hughes, Commanding Officer Patrol Borough Manhattan South.
An investigation is ongoing. Police asked anyone with information or who have experienced a similar crime to get in contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.
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