California serial killer: what is known about the suspect?

STOCKTON, California –

A man suspected of murdering six men and injuring a woman in a series of shootings in Northern California has a criminal record that includes traffic violations and convictions for drug offenses, authorities said Monday.

Stockton police arrested Wesley Brownlee, 43, on Saturday after he patrolled him as he drove through the city streets, armed with a handgun and possibly “hunting” another victim, police said.

In January 1999, Brownlee was sentenced to two years in prison in Alameda County, which includes the city of Oakland, for possession and sale of a controlled substance, according to the California Corrections Department. He was released on parole in August 1999 after serving seven months.

Brownlee was convicted again in Alameda County in December 2001 and sentenced to three years for the same crime. He was released on parole in May 2003 and released three years later.

Prosecutors in San Joaquin County, including Stockton, teamed up with the city’s police on Monday to review the evidence and expect to file charges on Tuesday, said Elisa Bubak, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

It was not immediately known whether Brownlee has a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.

Court documents show he was first arrested in Alameda County at age 15 on suspicion of selling crack cocaine and placed under house arrest, The East Bay Times reported.

In 1997, at the age of 18, Brownlee was arrested again and charged with possession of crack cocaine and sentenced to three years’ probation. His probation was revoked a year later after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop, and in 1999 he was sentenced to two years in prison and sent to San Quentin, the newspaper reported.

Brownlee grew up in Oakland, just six blocks from where the Oakland victim was murdered, the East Bay Times reported, citing court records. All of the Stockton murders took place near addresses listed for Brownlee and his relatives, KXTV-TV reported.

Investigators have said ballistic tests and video evidence linked the crimes. A police photo showed the black and gray weapon that the suspect allegedly carried. It turned out to be a semi-automatic pistol that contained some non-metallic materials.

Police said after Brownlee’s arrest that he was dressed in black, had a mask around his neck and a gun, and may have been looking for another victim when he was arrested driving around Stockton, where five men were ambushed. and shot between July 8 and September 27. Four of the victims were walking and one was in a parked car.

Police believe the same gunman was responsible for the April 2021 murder in Oakland, 70 miles away, and wounding the woman in Stockton a week later.

A minute of silence was held for the victims at Saturday’s press conference.

Juan Vasquez Serrano, 39, was killed in Oakland on April 10, 2021, and Natasha LaTour, 46, was shot in Stockton on April 16 of that year, but survived. The five men killed in Stockton this year were Paul Yaw, 35, who died on July 8; Salvador Debudey Jr., 43, died Aug. 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, who died Aug. 30; Juan Cruz, 52, died Sept. 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, who died Sept. 27.

After receiving hundreds of tips, investigators located and monitored the place where Brownlee lived. They observed his patterns, determined he was looking for another victim and arrested him, authorities said.

Police said some of the victims were homeless, but not all. No one was beaten or robbed, and the woman who survived said her attacker said nothing.

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