A suspected California serial killer who was already facing three counts for murder has been charged with four more murders, authorities said.
Wesley Brownlee allegedly began his string of ambush-style killings in April 2021 before picking up where he left off a year later, according to San Joaquin County charging documents filed Tuesday.
Brownlee is accused of shooting Juan Vasquez Serrano on April 10, 2021 and killing Mervin Harmon six days later. The men were murdered in Alameda County, a few miles west of Stockton.
On the very day of Harmon’s murder, Brownlee allegedly attempted to kill Natasha Jeanne Latour. She survived.
According to the documents, the accused serial killer may not have pulled the trigger until he killed Salvador Debudey Jr. on April 11 in Stockton. Brownlee then allegedly killed Paul Yaw in July, according to the filing.
Brownlee was arrested in October after police found him walking through the streets of Stockton dressed in black with a mask around his neck and a gun at his side “on a mission to kill”.
Officials suspected Brownlee of killing at least six of the victims and Latour’s attempted murder, but initially only charged him with three murders. Prosecutors now believe he killed Jonathan Rodriguez Hernandez, Juan Carlos Carranza-Cruz and Lawrence Lopez between August 30 and September 27 of this year.
Although police have not released Brownlee’s relationship to his victims, CBS reported that the alleged killer lived in the same apartment complex as Rodriguez Hernandez. Police found the 21-year-old’s body in the building’s parking lot.
A neighbor said Brownlee “seemed to have a little attitude problem at times.”
The motive for the murders remains unknown. None of the victims were robbed, police said.
Brownlee has a criminal history that includes traffic violations and drug-related felony convictions that date back to an arrest when she was 15 years old.
He was also hit with a litany of other charges, including criminal possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Brownlee is due in court on January 3.
With post wires