Timeline: Key moments in police investigation of series of Stockton killings




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  • 2022-10-04 00:15:52Z
  • By The Stockton Record
Stockton Police investigates the scene of a homicide on Manchester Avenue near Rosemarie Lane in Stockton on Sept.
Stockton Police investigates the scene of a homicide on Manchester Avenue near Rosemarie Lane in Stockton on Sept.  

Five homicides in Stockton in recent months are being investigated as part of a series of similar killings, and police are searching for a person of interest whose form was captured in a blurry security camera image, police announced last week.

Between July 8 and Sept. 27, victims of the five similar fatal shootings have been found in areas north of the Calaveras River and east of I-5, according to police. There are no other suspects outside the blurry outline of a person in the photo, and the motive behind the shootings is not yet clear, Police Chief Stanley McFadden said at a press conference Friday.

Timeline of key dates in the series of slayings

A still photo pulled from camera footage of a person of interest police are investigating in connection with five recent, similar homicides in Stockton.
A still photo pulled from camera footage of a person of interest police are investigating in connection with five recent, similar homicides in Stockton.  

July 8 - Police found 35-year-old Paul Yaw suffering from gunshot wounds at Holiday Park, near the 5600 block of Kermit Lane, at about 12:30 a.m. Yaw died of his wounds at a hospital, police said.

Yaw's death was the first that investigators are considering to be part of the string of similar killings, which have occurred in isolated areas with no cameras when the victims were alone, according to McFadden. It is possible homicides other than the five identified have also been part of the spree, he said.

Aug. 11 - 43-year-old Salvador Debudey Jr. died of gunshot wounds in the parking lot of Popeye's at 4966 West Lane in the second homicide police are considering to be part of the string of killings.

Aug. 30 - Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, was found fatally shot in the 800 block of East Hammer Lane at about 6:41 a.m. in the third of the string of killings.

McFadden said on Sept. 28 that police began questioning whether there was a pattern to the homicides "about a month ago," or around the time of Rodriguez's death.

Read more: Police investigating string of late-night killings in Stockton

Sept. 21 - Police found 52-year-old Juan Cruz with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Rosemarie Lane. Cruz died at the scene, police said, the fourth death in the string of killings.

A Stockton Police evidence technician gathers evidence at the scene of a homicide on Manchester Avenue near Rosemarie Lane in Stockton on Sept.
A Stockton Police evidence technician gathers evidence at the scene of a homicide on Manchester Avenue near Rosemarie Lane in Stockton on Sept.  

Sept. 27. - 54-year-old Lawrence Lopez Sr. died of gunshot wounds in the 900 block of Porter Avenue at about 1:51 a.m., the fifth death police are investigating as part of the series of killings.

Sept. 28 - The 209 Times website publishes a post alleging that unnamed sources said multiple recent homicides in Stockton are connected.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, McFadden said at a press conference that police are investigating a pattern among recent homicides in which victims were killed while outdoors alone late at night.

"We have been provided absolutely zero evidence that leads us to believe that one individual is running rampant in the city of Stockton killing people," the police chief said.

Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden holds a press conference at his office in downtown Stockton Sept.
Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden holds a press conference at his office in downtown Stockton Sept.  

Sept. 30 - McFadden announced at a second press conference that police are investigating a person of interest and released the photo. A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment Monday regarding when the photo was taken and when investigators obtained it.

Police also released the dates and locations of the homicides investigators believe are connected.

The chief said he stood by his statement on Sept. 28 that police have no evidence of "one individual is running rampant in the city of Stockton killing people."

"At that time we had assumptions, but not facts," he said. "Now we know we have certain facts."

The city of Stockton is offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and Stockton Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward, McFadden said.

The location of five homicides police are investigating as part of a similar pattern of fatal shootings.
The location of five homicides police are investigating as part of a similar pattern of fatal shootings.  

Record reporter Aaron Leathley covers public safety. She can be reached at aleathley@recordnet.com or on Twitter @LeathleyAaron. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at https://www.recordnet.com/subscribenow. 

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