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Suspected serial killer Wesley Brownlee charged with killing seven

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A suspected California serial killer who was already facing three murder raps has been charged in four more slayings, authorities said.

Wesley Brownlee allegedly started his ambush-style killing spree in April 2021 before picking up where he left off a year later, according to County of San Joaquin charging documents filed Tuesday.

Brownlee is accused of shooting Juan Vasquez Serrano to death on April 10, 2021 and killing Mervin Harmon six days later. The men were murdered in Alameda County, just a few miles west of Stockton.

On the same day of Harmon’s murder, Brownlee allegedly tried to kill Natasha Jeanne Latour. She survived.

The accused serial killer may not have pulled the trigger for another year, the documents state, until he allegedly killed Salvador Debudey Jr. on April 11 in Stockton. Brownlee allegedly then killed Paul Yaw in July, the filing shows.

Brownlee was arrested in October after police found him driving through Stockton streets dressed in black with a mask around his neck and a gun by his side “on a mission to kill.”

Wesley Brownlee has killed at least seven people, prosecutors allege.

Officials suspected Brownlee of killing at least six of the victims and of Latour’s attempted murder, but initially only charged him with three slayings. Prosecutors now believe he killed Jonathan Rodriguez Hernandez, Juan Carlos Carranza-Cruz and Lawrence Lopez between Aug. 30 and Sept. 27 this year.

Though police have not disclosed Brownlee’s relationship to his victims, CBS reported that the alleged killer lived in the same apartment complex as Rodriguez Hernandez. Police found the 21-year-old’s body in the building’s parking lot.

A neighbor said Brownlee “seemed like he had a little attitude problem at times.”

This photo provided by the Stockton Police Department shows a gun found in the possession of Wesley Brownlee.
Brownlee is also accused of attempting to murder a California woman.
Wesley Brownlee mugshot.
Brownlee was found driving through Stockton streets dressed in black with a mask around his neck and a gun by his side, police said.
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The motive for the killings remains unknown. None of the victims were robbed, police said.

Brownlee has a criminal history that includes traffic violations and convictions for drug crimes that date back to an arrest when he was 15 years old.

He has also been hit with a litany of other charges, including felon possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. Brownlee is set to appear in court on Jan. 3.

With Post wires


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