O.C. homeless slayings: $5,000 reward offered for arrest
Deputies are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspected serial killer who authorities believe fatally stabbed three homeless men in northern Orange County.
The Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs made the announcement Friday in hopes that the reward will encourage someone with information about the killer's identity to come forward.
The string of fatal stabbings began just before Christmas. All of the victims have been middle-aged homeless men.
"He's victimizing already vulnerable members of our society," Tom Dominguez, president of the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, said in a statement.
A law enforcement task force was formed to catch the killer.
Across the county, at the urging of authorities, many of the homeless are seeking beds at emergency shelters, or making sure to sleep in groups outdoors, and taking pains to make themselves less conspicuous on the streets and in riverbeds.
Each of the three homeless stabbing victims, authorities say, was alone when attacked. James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was killed near a shopping center in Placentia on Dec. 20; Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found near a riverbed trail in Anaheim on Dec. 28; and Paulus Smit, 57, was found outside a Yorba Linda library Dec. 30.
"Orange County is our community too," said Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the deputies association. "We want to make sure the killer is off the street."
-- Angel Jennings and Nicole Santa Cruz
Photo: Anaheim Police Sgt. Mike Lynch talks with John Berry, a homeless man.