Skip to comments.Suspect in O.C. killings of homeless men is an Iraq war veteran
Posted on 01/15/2012 12:51:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
A 23-year-old former Marine who some say was distraught after combat service in Iraq has been named a suspect in the serial killings of four homeless men in Orange County.
Itzcoatl Ocampo of Yorba Linda was chased by bystanders Friday after the most recent stabbing death behind a fast-food restaurant in an Anaheim shopping center parking lot. Ocampo remained in police custody without bail Saturday and is expected in court on Tuesday.
"We are extremely confident that we have the man who is responsible for the murders of all four homeless men in Orange County," Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said at a news conference Saturday. Police said they will seek four counts of murder next week.
Authorities did not specify a motive for the killings, which began on Dec. 20 and sent fear through the homeless community. However, a relative and a friend of the suspect described a young man who appeared to be deeply troubled after his return from service in Iraq in the summer of 2010.
"When he came back from Iraq, he was sick," said his uncle, Ifrain Gonzalez.
For the last year, he had been telling relatives that he was seeing and hearing things, Gonzalez said.
The last time Gonzalez saw his nephew was at a Christmas Eve party. Ocampo, he said, had told a cousin, "I did something terrible, but don't worry."
It was four days after the killings had begun.
Brian Doyle, a friend from high school, said Ocampo told him he had been kicked out of the military. A Marine Corps representative could not be reached Saturday for confirmation, and Anaheim police declined to discuss Ocampo's military service.
Since Ocampo's return, he had socialized with Doyle from time to time, drinking beer, smoking cigars and talking.
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Composite sketch of suspect.
Did the MSM mention that he's a Iraq war veteran?
.. oh, and a Marine . . . .
Wow! “Itzcoatl” is my middle name!
Nahuatl is still spoken in Mexico and El Salvador.
nice earrings by the way.
Nixon's birth place, 99 years ago last week.
I'll bet he spent a couple of weeks at Camp Pendleton and that was it for his military career.
“Ocampa was a Marine corporal and served from 2006 to 2010 with a 7-month deployment in Iraq”
from the OC Register
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