Man arrested for stabbing homeless people in Los Angeles California

Courtney Anthony Robinson 
By: Shifra Unger 

A man stabbing homeless people in the Los Angeles, California area was finally caught.

Police arrested a suspect in the attacks on three Los Angeles area homeless people in recent weeks.

Courtney Anthony Robinson, 38, called 911 on Friday and said it was his face on flyers distributed around the city, Commander Andrew Smith said on Saturday. Officers found Robinson inside a fast food restaurant in Hollywood, California and arrested him without incident.

He was charged with attempted murder and held on bail of $500,000.

The police described him as a man, possibly homeless, in Santa Barbara, who also goes by the name of David Ben Keyes, a name written on notes left at the three stabbing scenes that the writer called "death sentence." Robinson admitted to signing the notes, said Smith.

One victim in Santa Monica, and two in Los Angeles, were stabbed in the back while sleeping. The first stabbing occurred on July 3 in downtown Los Angeles, the only incident in which a witness saw a fleeing suspect.

The second stabbing occurred on Tuesday, to a man while he slept on a bus bench in Santa Monica. The latest was Thursday, when a woman was stabbed in Hollywood.

The three victims, all in their 50s, survived. Smith said that investigators believe that Robinson can also be connected to the unsolved stabbings of two homeless men in Santa Barbara.

Detectives described Robinson as lucid and able to converse, but with possible "mental health problems," said Smith.



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