Friday, February 3, 2012

Police link Itzcoatl Ocampo the Iraq War veteran suspected of killing four homeless men to murder of mother and son

An ex-Marine charged with killing four homeless men in Orange County has been linked to the stabbing deaths of a woman and her son, Anaheim police said Thursday.

Investigators determined there is an association between the ex-Marine, Itzcoatl Ocampo, and Eder Herrera, who is charged in the deaths of his mother and his brother, and remains in custody, Anaheim police Lt Julian Harvey said.

Police would not elaborate on that association or provide further details.

Raquel Estrada and her son Juan Herrera were killed in October in Yorba Linda, less than two miles from Ocampo's home.

Eder Herrera, 24, is charged with stabbing his mother and brother to death before fleeing to a friend's house.

He was arrested the next day as he drove from the house, where he claimed he spent the night.

Detectives said Wednesday they saw similarities in the cases of the Yorba Linda deaths and the stabbings of four homeless men in December and January.

Detectives focused on the severity of the attacks, the number and the type of wounds, and the proximity of Ocampo's home to the Yorba Linda killings, the Orange County Register reported. Read More