This past Friday, C.R. aged 38, called 911 and gave himself in regarding
the recent attacks on homeless people in Los Angeles. The police have
stated that he was rational and understandable and went with the police
without putting up a fight. C.R. had already been under investigation
regarding the stabbings in June and July, up to five suspected attacks
in all. In each of these incidents, the attacks were not fatal and it
is believed the victims were sleeping when they were attacked. In some
of the cases, a death warrant and the knife was left behind, but not in
the two most recent cases. The "death warrant" was a typed note
signed David Ben Keyes and was attached to each victim.
The police do believe that each victim was targeted for a specific reason,
but as yet they have not released their thoughts on what the motive was.
It is known that some of the victims were white and some were black. It
is also known that C.R. was not in any way related to the victims nor
did he take anything from their person. Currently, C.R. is being held
on a $500,000 bail and has been booked for attempted murder. He also has
outstanding misdemeanor warrants and owes $31,705 for those offenses.
The police commander has stated that the homeless population in L.A. will
now be able to sleep easier knowing that this man is off the streets.
Attempted murder is a difficult crime to prove. C.R. could be found guilty
of assault with a deadly weapon for injuring his victims; however, his
intention of taking their life would have to be proven beyond a doubt
if he is to be convicted to attempted murder. According to the California
Penal Code §664 (2011), if a person attempts to willfully murder
someone, they could be sent to prison for life without the possibility