Ramon Escobar, Alleged Serial Killer Arrested
Ramon Escobar is an El Salvador native who was deported six times between 1997 and 2011. In 2016, a federal court granted his request for an appeal of his immigration case and released him from custody (under supervision) ikn 2017. He is the suspect in the bloody baseball bat slayings and attacks on several men in California, some of whom were homeless.
“After illegally reentering the U.S. following his most-recent removal, [Escobar] filed an appeal of his immigration case…in June 2016. The courts granted [his request] in December 2016…ICE released him from custody on an Order of Supervision in January 2017 pursuant to the court’s decision.” ICE statement
Escobar arrived in Los Angeles on September 5, and allegedly began the killing spree on September 8. His weapon of choice was a baseball bat.
Blue Lives Matter reported,
The vicious attacks began at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Sep. 8, when Escobar allegedly bludgeoned a man who was sleeping on a Santa Monica beach, Santa Monica Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau Captain Wendell Shirley told the Los Angeles Times.
Investigators believe Escobar was also the perpetrator of a similar attack of a second homeless man in the same area on Sep. 10, Capt. Shirley explained.
One of the victims remains in a coma, while the other has been released from the hospital, he said.
Escobar is accused of having used a baseball bat to pummel three homeless men as they slept on a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk on Sep. 16, Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division Captain Billy Hayes said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Two of the victims – 59-year-old Kelvin Williams and 34-year-old Braden Ridout – died as a result of the brutal attacks.
A third victim remains hospitalized in critical condition…
…On Sep. 20, Escobar allegedly traveled to Santa Monica, where he bludgeoned 39-year-old Steven Ray Cruze Jr. to death beneath the Santa Monica Pier, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Note: Cruze was not homeless, he was a fisherman who often took breaks from the fishing boat and slept under the pier according to the LA Times.
On Monday, Sept 24, at around 7 a.m. he struck again, beating another man. A police officer happened to see someone matching the description walking near the scene and Escobar was subsequently arrested without incident. He had a “distinctive” gait when he walked, plus was caught on surveillance camera.
WANTED for Attempt Murder. This “violent predator” is responsible for 3 brutal attacks with a baseball bat on homeless people in Downtown LA. He’s described as a male Hispanic or White, 30-40 years old, with bowed legs. Any info contact Robbery-Homicide Detectives at 213-486-6890 pic.twitter.com/LOOi34fLqg
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 18, 2018
When police searched his vehicle, they found blood, the baseball bat and boltcutters used in the crimes.
Most of the victims were asleep when they were violently murdered. He will be charged with First Degree murder in three of the killings, and attempted murder on four. ICE has filed a detainer… but this is California, remember.
Escobar is also wanted for questioning concerning the disappearance of two of his relatives, Aunt and Uncle Dina and Rogelio Escobar(sister and brother) in Texas. The “charred remains” of Dina’s vehicle were found on a beach in Galveston on Sept 2. He appeared in California on Sept 5.
He has a long criminal history which includes assault, trespassing and burglary. A cousin told media that Ramon stopped taking his medication, according to Heavy.com