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Images of O.C. serial killer suspect, car released [Video]

January 5, 2012 |  7:49 am

Orange County authorities are urging homeless people to avoid being alone and be aware of their surroundings after announcing the deaths of three transients have been tied to a serial killer.

They also released surveillance video images of a suspect and his car.

"We want to get the information out to our homeless community throughout the county to be careful to not be alone if possible, to not go into the dark areas or isolated areas as much as possible," said
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

Police obtained a photograph of a possible suspect from the same video as he approached a victim, later identified as James Patrick McGillivray, 53. The suspect is wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt or sweater.

Investigators believe that one person is responsible for stabbing three middle-age homeless men over 10 days and have formed a task force of police from Anaheim, Placentia and Brea to investigate the attacks.

"We believe these murders were likely committed by the same suspect and feel he is extremely dangerous to the public," Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said at a news conference.

Investigators, including the FBI, said that a white, four-door Toyota could be involved in the crimes, as shown in a surveillance video taken Dec. 20 at a Placentia shopping center, the scene of the first killing.

"This vehicle is of particular interest to homicide investigators," Welter said.


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