A California man accused of killing a man in his garage and killing three homeless men as they slept last week has been charged with murder and other counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Jerrid Joseph Powell, 33, was arrested Thursday in connection with the follow-home robbery murder of Nicholas Simbolon, and he was involved in the killing of three homeless men, officials said.
“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the incredible men and women of law enforcement who worked tirelessly to bring justice to our community and arrest this individual,” said District Attorney George Gascón. in a statement. “The swift actions of law enforcement undoubtedly saved lives this week.”
Police have not disclosed a possible motive.
Powell was charged with four counts of murder, one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the district attorney’s office said. Also filed were enhancements dealing with multiple murders, murders during robbery and use of firearms.
The killings began early Nov. 26, when Jose Bolanos, 37, was shot to death as he slept on a couch in a back alley, police said.
The next morning, Mark Diggs, 62, was shot while leaning against the back wall.
Man killed in his garage Simbolon, a Los Angeles County employee, was shot to death Tuesday at his home in San Dimas, a city east of Los Angeles.
Then, on Wednesday, a 52-year-old man sleeping on the sidewalk was fatally shot near an intersection, police said.
Powell is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to jail records. It was not immediately clear Monday whether he had an attorney available to speak on his behalf.
If he is convicted as charged, Powell could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, the district attorney’s office said.