California authorities are currently on the hunt for a possible serial killer believed to have killed at least five people in the upstate town of Stockton, local police say Wednesday.
Investigators have released a pixelated video of a suspect, dressed entirely in black and whose face cannot be seen, whom they wish to question in relation to five murders in the the city over the past three months.
It could also be linked to a sixth homicide in the nearby town of Oakland, about 80 kilometers from Stockton, according to several local media.
“That completely meets the definition of a serial killer,” Stockton police spokesman Joseph Silva told AFP.
The five murders committed in the same area of Stockton over the summer bear a number of similarities, Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden told reporters on Tuesday.
These murders are linked between them with ballistics, he said, without giving further details.
Police say at least three of Stockton's victims were homeless, as was a woman who was shot in Oakland in 2021 and survived his injuries.
“We are still trying to determine if one, two or more people committed this series of murders,” Silva said.
Police have released video of the suspect, seen from behind limping slightly in front of apartments, “in the hope that someone recognizes this person (…), because they have a very specific gait,” the spokesperson added.
The suspect was filmed by a camera close to some crime scenes. The victims “were alone in dark places, either late at night or early in the morning.”
A $125,000 reward has been announced for information leading to the arrest of the victim(s). possible killers.
In Stockton, a city of 350,000 inhabitants located 65 km south of the California capital, Sacramento, the police have reinforced patrols and are asking residents to be careful.
“If you have to go out at night or early in the morning, try to have a friend or family member with you and avoid dark areas,” Silva advised.