Catalonia’s Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force say they have arrested a many they believe to be a serial killer responsible for the murder of four homeless victims during the coronavirus lockdown in Barcelona.
Police had circulated a photo of the suspect among homeless people still sleeping on the streets of the Catalan capital, despite the confinement order put into place nationwide under the “state of alarm” decree enacted by Spain’s central government on 14th March.
The Mossos say they detained the suspect on Monday after a fourth victim was found beaten to death near the Sagrada Familia basilica early Monday morning.
Police had said that the suspect used the same modus operandi in each of the murders, approaching the homeless victims while they were sleeping and bludgeoning them to death. In one of three earlier cases, the victim’s body also showed stab wounds.
The body of the killer’s first victim was found on 19th March, less than a week after the state of alarm order went into effect. All four of the murders occurred in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood.
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