SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A homeless man is fighting for his life in what police say is the fourth brutal attack in San Diego.
“We are absolutely convinced these cases are linked, and we will continue to work them as a series,” San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit told KSWB.
Early Wednesday morning, witnesses found a man with a burning towel on his body. A witness removed it to find that the victim was suffering from significant injuries to his upper body.
Authorities believe this grisly attack is connected to three others around San Diego.
On Sunday, firefighters put out a fire and discovered the body of 53-year-old Angelo De Nardo. Investigators say they are not sure whether De Nardo was already dead at the time or if he suffered additional trauma.
A second homeless man was found slashed and bleeding by police early Monday morning.
Also Monday, the body of a third man was discovered in Ocean Beach. The man was not breathing with “a lot of trauma” to his upper body.
Authorities say the man may have been homeless and was sleeping when he was attacked.
“We have a person out there attacking victims that are sleeping. They weren’t doing anything wrong,” Capt. Nisleit said. “This is obviously a very dangerous person. A person we want to remove from the community as fast as we can, so we are asking for the public’s help.”
The attacker is described as a white man in his mid-30s, with a thin build.