Tip Leads to Arrest in Serial Killings of Homeless Men in San Diego

By Shekhtman, Lonnie | The Christian Science Monitor, July 8, 2016 | Go to article overview

Tip Leads to Arrest in Serial Killings of Homeless Men in San Diego


Shekhtman, Lonnie, The Christian Science Monitor


A tip led San Diego police to a man suspected of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men, which left two of them dead and two severely injured, and left the city's homeless community on edge.

On Thursday night police arrested 36-year-old Anthony Alexander Padgett in connection with the murder and attempted murder of the sleeping men, some of whom were set on fire, police said.

Since the attacks began over the weekend, city officials had implored the public for assistance in bringing justice for the victims and peace of mind for the hundreds of homeless people living on the streets of San Diego.

"Our city has been shaken by these gruesome attacks. The last few days have been particularly harrowing and emotional for those who struggle with homelessness," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer told reporters during a press conference Wednesday. "I want to make it very clear that the San Diego Police Department is working around the clock to find this killer and bring justice for these victims."

San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters the murders were the most vicious she had seen in her 34-year law- enforcement career.

"This killer has targeted some of our community's most vulnerable citizens while they are asleep," Chief Zimmerman said.

The string of attacks began on Sunday and targeted men who were sleeping alone in the early morning hours, with two of them set on fire.

Police found the badly burned remains of Angelo De Nardo on Sunday near some train tracks. …

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