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Man charged for fatally beating N.Y. homeless men

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 9:55 AM PT – Monday, October 7, 2019

New York Police have made an arrest in connection with the deaths of four homeless men. Authorities recently announced Randy Rodriguez Santos has been charged with murder, attempted murder as well as unlawful possession of marijuana. He is accused of brutally assaulting five sleeping homeless men with a metal pipe in Chinatown Saturday morning. Four of those men died, while a fifth remains critically injured.

Investigators say they were able to track down Santos, who is also homeless, just a quarter mile from the crime scene thanks to nearby witnesses.

“So the motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” stated NYPD Chief Michael Baldassano. “It doesn’t seem anyone was targeted by race, age or anything of that nature.”

Prior to being formally charged, the suspect underwent a psychiatric evaluation. This is not the first run in with the law for Santos. Police say the 24-year-old has been arrested at least six other times in the past two years. Three of those instances were on assault charges.

His mother claims she kicked him out three years ago after he also assaulted her. According to the suspect’s relatives, Santos had struggled with drug use since his arrival to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic.

Randy Santos is arraigned in criminal court for the murder of four homeless men, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in New York. He was ordered held without bail. (Rashid Umar Abbasi/New York Post via AP, Pool)

At the same time, residents are speaking out over their concerns with homelessness in the city, and are demanding change in order to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again. The outrage comes as the state’s homeless report had shown the number of people living in city shelters reached record highs under Mayor Bill De Blasio.

None of the victims have been identified as the investigation remains ongoing. Santos is expected back in court October 11th.

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