Home­less man ar­raigned for 4 beat­ing deaths in New York

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NEW YORK — A 24-year-old home­less man charged with us­ing a metal rod to blud­geon four other home­less men to death in New York City was hold­ing the mur­der weapon cov­ered with blood and hair when he was ar­rested, pros­e­cu­tors said Sun­day.

Twenty-four-year-old Randy San­tos was ar­raigned Sun­day for the beat­ing deaths of the four men as they slept near Chi­na­town streets and for leav­ing a fifth in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

San­tos was charged with nu­mer­ous counts of mur­der and one count of at­tempted mur­der.

A fifth home­less man who was in­jured in the at­tacks re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion Sun­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors said San­tos was shown video of one of the at­tacks while be­ing in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice and he ad­mit­ted that he was the per­son in the video with a long metal ob­ject.

San­tos used a Span­ish in­ter­preter in court. His de­fense team did not com­ment. He is due back in court Fri­day.

The at­tacks left blood splat­tered on the door­ways and side­walks where the men had been sleep­ing.

The area where the ram­page oc­curred in­cludes the Bow­ery, which has long been a lo­ca­tion where those liv­ing on the streets have made their night­time rest­ing area.

The city Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices said the area is can­vassed twice a week by home­less outreach work­ers. The depart­ment will in­crease the fre­quency of the vis­its, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied one of the vic­tims as an 83-year-old man and haven’t re­leased other in­for­ma­tion on the vic­tims yet.

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