Warrant: OC homeless slaying victim was stalked 

A man who stabbed and killed four homeless men in Orange County stalked his final victim for three days before slaying the 64-year-old man, court documents allege.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, told Anaheim police after his arrest that he had been stalking John Berry, according to the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/wOgdpK), which examined several search warrants this week.

Ocampo, 23, admitted to detectives that he walked on the Santa Ana River Trail for hours looking for Berry before going to an Embassy Suites hotel near the site of the slaying, according to Detective Daron Wyatt.

Authorities are now seeking surveillance videos from the Embassy Suites and want to search Ocampo's home and car and get a sample of his DNA, along with other evidence. The multiagency serial killer task force is also looking for the name of a bank customer who may have seen Ocampo ride away on a bicycle stolen from his third victim.

Ocampo is being held without bail on four counts of murder.

Detectives interviewed one eyewitness who said he "saw Ocampo stabbing a male transient four to five times," according to one affidavit. The witness, likely one of those who helped authorities nab Ocampo, yelled at the suspect and then chased him.

The serial killings began Dec. 20, when James McGillivray was stabbed to death as he slept near a business in Placentia. The second stabbing of Lloyd "Jimmy" Mddaugh occurred Dec. 28 on the Santa Ana River Trail. Paulus "Dutch" Smit was killed Dec. 30 near a library.

Berry was killed in the parking lot of a Carl's Jr. restaurant Jan. 13. Ocampo was arrested when the witnesses pointed him out to police as he ran out of the parking lot shedding clothes and a 7-inch, fixed-blade knife that was later said to match the wounds on all four victims.


Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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