Illegal Immigrant Who Was Deported Six Times Is Suspected Serial Killer

Police in Santa Monica, California have been searching for a serial killer who is wanted for murdering three men and injuring several others on a crime spree in September. They think they have found their man.

The prime suspect was arrested on Monday night. He is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who has been deported from the U.S. six times in the last 30 years. He was caught entering the country illegally again in 2016, but given permission to stay under a supervision order.

Ramon Escobar, a 47-year-old illegal immigrant, was arrested on Monday after he allegedly beat a homeless man unconscious and robbed him. The victim, who was just sitting on the sidewalk in the Los Angeles suburb, is currently in a coma.

Escobar is now a person of interest in several other crimes, including the murder of Steve Cruze Jr. Mr. Cruze, a 39-year-old fisherman who would sometimes took naps on the beach near work after late-night fishing. Cruze was found bludgeoned to death and had been robbed.

Police believe the suspect who killed Cruze is the same who bludgeoned two other homeless men in the area. In addition, they believe the same suspect may be connected to cases in which three other homeless men were injured.

Escobar is also a suspect in the disappearance of two of his family members. His uncle, 65-year-old Rogelio Escobar, last seen in Houston, Texas, has been missing since August 26.

Two days later, Ramon Escobar's mother, Dinora, was looking for her brother, Rogelio, and she disappeared. Police say her 2007 Chevy Uplander was found torched on a beach in Galveston.

Escobar is believed to have been in Texas before moving on to California. Relatives also note that he has an unspecified mental illness, and stopped taking his medication at around the time of the disappearances.

Escobar first was found in the U.S. in 1988, when he was ordered to be deported to his native homeland. Between 1997 and 2011, Escobar was deported six times.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement caught Escobar in the country in 2016, though after appealing his case, he was released into the country under a supervision order, despite prior convictions for burglary, vehicle burglary, trespassing, public intoxication and two prior assault convictions. ICE has not offered any clarification regarding Escobar's current immigration status.

The suspect is currently being held without bail and awaiting a hearing. Police Captain Bill Hayes calls him a 'violent predator'. This time, Escobar could be charged with murder and attempted murder.

Police are investigating. If Escobar is released, ICE has filed a detainer and he will be placed in the agency's custody.

Ligia Salamanca, daughter of Dinora Escobar, says that the news was heartbreaking.

"The detectives called me last night wanting me to know before I saw it on the media that there has been an arrest made of a family member and it may be connected to our case," Salamanca told CBS affiliate KHOU-TV on Tuesday.

"The not knowing is the worst, going to sleep every night not knowing where your family is, what they're going through or if something bad happened; not having them at home to know what they're going through – to lay them to rest if that's what it comes to."

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: ABC 7 Screenshots

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