A man was in custody Friday night in connection with the non-fatal stabbings of two homeless men and one woman in LA and Santa Monica, police said.
The man was being questioned about the serial stabbings – which occurred while the transients slept.
Authorities were able to connect the incidents with a typed “death warrant” signed by the attacker and left at the scene, police said.
LAPD would not confirm Friday night that the man in custody was the person of interest they identified a day earlier.
Police were searching for a man who may go by the name David Ben Keyes or Courtney Anthony Robinson.
The first attack was reported on July 3 when a 56-year-old homeless man was found wounded near Third and Main streets, authorities said.
He had a large “hunting-type” knife protruding from his back, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In that case, a suspect was seen fleeing from the area, police said Thursday.
On Tuesday, a middle-aged homeless man was stabbed while he slept on a Santa Monica park bench, police said.
A 54-year-old homeless woman was stabbed early Thursday morning in Hollywood near the intersection of La Brea and De Longpre avenues, police said.