STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Stockton Police investigated a “series of killings” that occurred from April 2021 to September 2022 in Stockton and Oakland after investigators spotted several “patterns.”
Police looked further into those seven crimes because they happened during the same timeframe, between late night and early morning, and all of the victims were alone. Only one victim survived their injuries.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Stockton Police Department announced that they had arrested a suspect in connection to the series of killings.
The Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator for San Joaquin County previously confirmed to FOX40 News the names of six of the victims, while one remains unknown. Below, the information that is known about each of them.
Paul Yaw was identified as the 35-year-old Stockton resident who was shot on the 5600 block of Kermit Lane near Holiday Park around 12:30 a.m. on July 8.
Salvador Debudey, 43, was identified to be the victim of a fatal shooting in the 4900 block of West Lane on Aug. 11. around 9:39 p.m.
Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez
21-year-old Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez was identified as the victim who was found shot in his car on Aug. 30 on the 800 block of East Hammer Lane around 6:40 a.m.
Juan Cruz was identified as the 52-year-old victim found on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound on Sept. 21, in the 4400 block of Manchester Avenue around 4:30 a.m.
Lawrence Lopez Sr.
Lawrence Lopez Sr. was identified as the 54-year-old man who was found on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound on Sept. 27 in the 900 block of Porter Avenue around 1:51 a.m.
His family has launched a page on a fundraising website to gather funds for his funeral and other family expenses.
Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano
An Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told KRON4, that Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano, 39, was identified as the victim of the Oakland shooting. He died from gunshot wounds near Harmon Avenue at 4:18 a.m. on April 10, 2021.
On April 16, 2021, a 46-year-old Black woman was shot near Park and Union streets in Stockton at 3:20 a.m. The woman is the only one of the shooting victims who survived.
According to Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden, the victim was in her tent when she heard someone walking nearby. The victim exited her tent to find someone standing outside who then fired at her.
The woman described the person as being between 5’10” and 6′. The person was wearing all dark clothing with a dark jacket and a dark “covid-style” mask.
On Saturday, McFadden along with other city officials that they arrested Wesley Brownlee, 43. Police said that on Saturday they determined “that he was out looking to kill… he was hunting.”
McFadden said that Brownlee was stopped around 2 a.m. in the area of Village Green Drive and Winslow Avenue.
Brownlee was arranged on Tuesday and is facing three murder charges and a single charge for a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
According to the DA’s office, Brownlee is facing charges for the murders of Hernandez, Cruz, and Lopez.