New — And Disturbing — Details Emerge About Suspect In OC Homeless Serial Killings
ANAHEIM (CBS) — New and disturbing details are emerging about Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old man accused of murdering four homeless men in Orange County.
Officials arrested Ocampo Friday evening after he allegedly stabbed his fourth victim.
The latest victim, a 60-something Vietnam veteran named John Berry.
Family members say Ocampo, a former Marine, came home from Iraq depressed and changed.
He reportedly lost his best friend during the war.
Moreover, it was revealed that Ocampo’s father, Refugio Ocampo, is himself homeless.
The elder Ocampo told the Associated Press that his son showed him an account of the homeless being slain — and warned his father to be careful.”He told me he was very worried about me,” said Ocampo’s father.
Investigators searched the home Ocampo shared with his mother and siblings. The owner of the property — in the 4300 block of Lakeview Avenue in Yorba Linda — told reporters that police seized Ocampo’s clothing, shoes and computer.
At a press conference Saturday, police said they were “confident” they had their serial slayer in custody.
The murder Friday, was the fourth in as many weeks.
Police were on high alert, a task force was formed and Orange County homeless were urged to take refuge or buddy up.
Berry told friends that he believed while he was safe, that he was being followed for several days prior to his murder.
Ocampo has no criminal history. He had several minor traffic citations in recent years.
His father told the Associated Press that his son came home from war (he served about four years) a changed man. He said he urged his son to get help for depression — and a drinking problem — but that he refused.
The Orange County Register has a series of family photos — showing Ocampo as an infant, one of his father, Ocampo in uniform, as well as one of Marine Cpl. Claudio Patino IV, Ocampo’s childhood friend who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. For a look at those pics, click here.