Killer killed victims after following them on public transport: police

Philadelphia police on Thursday arrested a man they believe killed three people he had been following on public transportation in recent days.

The suspect, 21-year-old Derrick Jones, is believed to have carried out the murders on June 28 and July 7, after the victims got off city buses. He was charged with three counts of murder.

In late June, after getting off the bus one stop after 20-year-old Zamir Syrus, Jones allegedly shot him, local news station WCAU reported. Philadelphia Police Department Captain Jason Smith said that after passing Syrus on the street in the opposite direction, Jones turned and opened fire.

In a statement to Newsweekthe Philadelphia Police Department said Syrus was found on a highway “with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest.” Medic 24 transported the man to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m. ”

Philadelphia police arrested a man on Thursday who they believe killed three people he had been following on public transportation in recent days. Above, police stand near the scene of a fatal fire on January 5 in Philadelphia.
Hannah Beier

In early July, Jones is also accused of getting off a bus at a stop after Justin Robert Smith, 20, and Tyheim Tucker, 21, and shooting the couple multiple times. Both men died at the scene, WCAU reported.

The ministry said Newsweek that Smith and Tucker were also found on a highway “with multiple gunshot wounds.”

After investigators tracked Jones to his home using surveillance video of the murders, police reportedly found a Glock handgun along with the same bullets found at crime scenes at Jones’ apartment. depending on the station.

Once Jones was arrested, he refused to give police a statement explaining why he did what he did, WCAU reported.

“This is a totally random act of violence, which we may never be able to uncover and find out why,” Smith said, according to the WCAU. “The motive is unknown, but that is the burning question. Why ? Why did Mr. Jones murder, in cold blood, three men? »

In another incident in Virginia in December, police said they arrested a man they believe was responsible for the deaths of four women. Police dubbed the suspected killer the “trolley killer” because he allegedly transported the bodies of his victims in a shopping cart. Police said he would meet his victims on dating apps and then in motels.

“We have a serial killer. The good thing is he’s in custody. The remaining challenge is to identify other victims,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at the time. “After inflicting trauma on his victims and killing them, he transports their bodies to their final resting place, literally in a shopping cart. »

Georgia police last month said they arrested a man suspected of fatally shooting three people on Mother’s Day, after finding him hiding in a closet.

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