Suspected serial killer arrested during ‘hunt’ in Stockton, chief says

A Stockton man has been arrested in connection with a series of murders in Stockton and one in Oakland, authorities announced Saturday. He could face charges of killing six people. Wesley Brownlee, 43, of Stockton, was arrested this morning “during a manhunt,” Police Chief Stanley McFadden said at a news conference with City Manager Harry Black, Mayor Kevin Lincoln and San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. Another murder.” The police chief said the arrest was made possible by community counseling and the work of the police department. “Our surveillance team followed this man as he drove away. We looked at his patterns and determined that he was on a killing spree early this morning. He was out hunting,” McFadden said. He was caught around 2 a.m. Saturday at Winslow Way and Village Green Drive, wearing dark clothing with a mask around his neck and armed with a gun. Stockton’s mayor said the city can get past this and public safety is their number one priority. ” I want to make this very clear to the people of Stockton, America and the world. When the people of Stockton come together and we come together, we can get things done. A place for Stockton. Where people can live, raise families and grow businesses,” said Mayor Kevin Lincoln. Of Brownlee’s arrest, Salazar said, “The crime was solved because we’re Stockton. “Don’t come to our house and bring this terrible regime.” Video below: San Joaquin County DA talks about arrest Brownlee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Salazar said the district attorney’s office is working to determine charges against him. Authorities are still unsure of the motive behind the killings, but said his patterns are consistent. | Also | What we’ve learned about the victims of the Stockton serial killings is that six people were killed — five in Stockton this year and one in Oakland last year. The victims were identified by police as: 35-year-old Paul Alexander Yao 43-year-old Salvador William Depute Jr. 21-year-old Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez 52-year-old Juan Cruz 52-year-old Lorenzo Lopez died in Oakland. A 40-year-old Hispanic man. The coroner identified the man as Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano, affiliate KTVU reported. The only survivor of the shooting was a 46-year-old black woman. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said the woman rode her bike to a campsite at Park and Union streets in Stockton around 3:30 a.m. on April 16, 2021, where she was shot. Dressed in a dark mask and a dark jacket. She said the man was anywhere from 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches. The woman told police that no words were exchanged between them and that she tried to defend herself by advancing on him. She was shot multiple times. Where did the shootings happen? Most of the fatal shootings happened within a four-mile radius of each other in Stockton. The shooting in which the woman survived was just south of five fatal shootings. Here’s a map with more information: Authorities are asking people to continue to send in tips, and McFadden said it’s still a “very active investigation.” “Just because an arrest is made doesn’t mean the investigation stops,” McFadden said. He said more tips are still to come. A tip line is open for people to submit information at 209-937-8167. People can email tips at [email protected] Video surveillance can be submitted to Stocktonpdca.evidence.com. This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.—KCRA 3’s Hilda Flores contributed to this report.

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A Stockton man has been arrested in connection with a series of murders in Stockton and one in Oakland, authorities announced Saturday. He could face charges of killing six people.

Wesley Brownlee, 43, of Stockton, was arrested this morning during a “manhunt,” Police Chief Stanley McFadden said at a news conference with City Manager Harry Black, Mayor Kevin Lincoln and San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.

McFadden believes they “stopped another murder.”

The Inspector General of Police said that this arrest was possible only because of the social assistance and the activities of the Police Department.

“Our surveillance team followed this guy as he was driving. We looked at his patterns and determined he was on a killing spree early this morning. He was out hunting,” McFadden said.

He was caught around 2 a.m. Saturday at Winslow Way and Village Green Drive and was wearing black clothing with a mask around his neck and armed with a gun.

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Stockton’s mayor said the city can get through this and that public safety is their top priority.

“I want to make this very clear to the people of Stockton, to the people of America and the world. If the people of Stockton come together and we come together, we can get things done. Stockton will be a place where people can live, raise a family, raise a business,” said Mayor Kevin Lincoln.

Salazar said of Brownlee’s arrest, “Because we’re Stockton, the crime is solved. You don’t come to our house and bring this reign of terror.”

  • Video below: The San Joaquin County DA talks about the arrest

Brownlee is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Salazar said the district attorney’s office is working to determine charges against him.

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Authorities are still unsure of the motive behind the killings, but said his methods were consistent.

| Also | What we learn about the victims of the Stockton serial murders

Six people were killed — five in Stockton this year and one in Oakland last year. The victims were identified by police as:

The victim in Oakland was a 40-year-old Hispanic man. The coroner identified the man as Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano, affiliate KTVU reported.

A 46-year-old black woman was the only survivor of the shooting. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said the woman who was shot around 3:30 a.m. on April 16, 2021, rode her bike to a campsite at Park and Union streets in Stockton.

When the woman was near a tent, she saw a man dressed in dark clothing, wearing a black mask and a black jacket. He said the man was anywhere from 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches.

The woman told police that no words were exchanged between them and that she tried to defend herself by advancing on him. She was shot multiple times.

Where did the shooting take place?

Most of the fatal shootings occurred within a four-mile radius of Stockton. The shooting in which the woman survived was just south of five fatal shootings.

Here’s a map with more information:

Authorities are asking people to continue to send in tips

McFadden said it’s still a “very active investigation.”

“Just because an arrest is made doesn’t mean the investigation stops,” McFadden said.

He said that more tips should come.

A tip line is open for people to submit information at 209-937-8167. People can email tips at [email protected] Video surveillance can be submitted to Stocktonpdca.evidence.com.

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This is a developing story, stay tuned to KRA 3 for latest news.


-KCRA 3’s Hilda Flores contributed to this report.

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