Homeless Being Stabbed in Back as They Sleep in LA

'Death warrants' left beside 3 victims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
Homeless Being Stabbed in Back as They Sleep in LA
Police have released this photo of David Ben Keyes, a "person of interest" in the homeless stabbings.   (LAPD)

A would-be killer is stalking homeless people in Los Angeles, police warn. Three middle-aged homeless people, two men and a woman, have been stabbed in the back so far this month by an attacker who left rambling "death warrants" behind, reports the Los Angeles Times. All three victims survived. The LAPD has urged homeless people to get off the streets or at least stay together in groups until the attacker is found. "With numbers, there is safety," an LAPD captain says.

The "death warrants" contain the name David Ben Keyes, a man who has been missing from the Santa Barbara area for weeks. Cops say Keyes is a "person of interest," although they stress that somebody else could be using his name. On various websites, Keyes describes himself as "a musician, and writer of original psalms, proverbs, love letters, poems and riddles for the Roman Catholic Church and Jewish Synagogues." His most recent Facebook update, from earlier this month, says his agenda is to "Re-structure the Holy Roman Catholic Church into a military tribunal." (More David Ben Keyes stories.)

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