Ad­di­tional charges for man ac­cused in home­less slay­ings

The Fresno Bee - - Stay Connected - BY JAMES QUEALLY AND CINDY CHANG

A man sus­pected of killing at least four peo­ple in sav­age at­tacks on Los An­ge­les County home­less res­i­dents ear­lier this year was charged with four ad­di­tional counts of at­tempted mur­der, a pros­e­cu­tor said af­ter a court hear­ing Thurs­day.

Ra­mon Es­co­bar, 47, of Hous­ton, was ar­rested in late Septem­ber and charged in a week­s­long se­ries of as­saults that left home­less peo­ple beaten to death or co­matose in down­town Los An­ge­les and Santa Mon­ica.

The ad­di­tional at­tempted mur­ders oc­curred dur­ing the same time when Es­co­bar is ac­cused of com­mit­ting the other at­tacks. He faces four counts of mur­der, eight counts of at­tempted mur­der and six counts of rob­bery.

In an amended com­plaint filed Thurs­day, Es­co­bar was charged with at­tempted mur­der and rob­bery in a Sept. 11 at­tack on Al­bert Gene Scott in Wind­sor Hills.

An­other at­tempted mur­der charge stemmed from an at­tack Sept. 15 in MacArthur Park. Michelle Mat­ice. Mat­ice may have been a tran­sient, but Scott was not home­less, said Los An­ge­les County Deputy District At­tor­ney Vic­tor Avila.

Pros­e­cu­tors also up­graded an at­tempted mur­der charge against Es­co­bar to mur­der. Jorge Mar­tinez, 63, was at­tacked Sept. 24 in Santa Mon­ica and died six days later.

Es­co­bar was ar­rested near the scene of the at­tack on Mar­tinez. In a down­town court­room early Thurs­day morn­ing, Es­co­bar pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, five vic­tims were left co­matose.

Es­co­bar last lived in the Hous­ton area, but po­lice say he fled to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter his aunt and un­cle, Dina and Ro­ge­lio Es­co­bar, dis­ap­peared in late Au­gust. Dina Es­co­bar’s car was found burned on a beach in early Septem­ber, and Hous­ton po­lice said they think they were vic­tims of foul play.

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