4 homeless men killed in New York, apparently while they slept, police say

Melissa Alonso and Jason Hanna, CNN

Printed Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:46AM EDT

(CNN) — 4 homeless males in Manhattan have been killed — and a fifth injured — in what investigators consider had been assaults that started whereas they had been sleeping, New York Metropolis police mentioned Saturday.

A suspect — a 24-year-old man who investigators consider is also homeless — is in custody, New York police Detective Annette Shelton mentioned.

Investigators consider the victims, discovered early Saturday in at the very least three places in or close to Decrease Manhattan, had been hit with a metallic object as they slept, Shelton mentioned.

Police had been scouring the crime scenes Saturday morning. Particulars about what led to the assaults weren’t instantly accessible.

The grisly discoveries started round 2 a.m., when a person’s physique and an 49-year-old injured man had been present in or close to a constructing in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood, in accordance with police.

The injured man was taken to a Manhattan hospital in vital situation, Shelton mentioned.

Three useless males had been discovered later Saturday morning alongside Broadway — two close to 17th Avenue and one other elsewhere, Shelton mentioned.

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