Homicide

Suspect arrested in attacks on San Diego homeless population

  • Ron Shatto, 51, talks about a spate of attacks on homeless people after rummaging through trash bins on the outskirts of downtown San Diego Thursday, July 7, 2016. San Diego's homeless population was on edge Thursday after a spate of early-morning attacks on men who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire. “I don't want to wake up on fire,” said Shatto, 51, who has been living in the streets since February 2015, most recently under a freeway bridge. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

    Ron Shatto, 51, talks about a spate of attacks on homeless people after rummaging through trash bins on the outskirts of downtown San Diego Thursday, July 7, 2016. San Diego's homeless population was on edge Thursday after a spate of early-morning attacks on men who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire. “I don't want to wake up on fire,” said Shatto, 51, who has been living in the streets since February 2015, most recently under a freeway bridge. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit talks with reporters about a recent spate of early-morning attacks on homeless people who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire, in San Diego Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

    San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit talks with reporters about a recent spate of early-morning attacks on homeless people who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire, in San Diego Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)  (The Associated Press)

  • Adrienne Handley, a homeless woman, speaks about the attacks on the homeless from her encampment in downtown San Diego, Thursday, July 7, 2016. San Diego's homeless population was on edge Thursday after a spate of early-morning attacks on men who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire. Handley had moved closer to other tents after the killings began. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)

    Adrienne Handley, a homeless woman, speaks about the attacks on the homeless from her encampment in downtown San Diego, Thursday, July 7, 2016. San Diego's homeless population was on edge Thursday after a spate of early-morning attacks on men who were sleeping alone and, in two cases, were set on fire. Handley had moved closer to other tents after the killings began. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)  (The Associated Press)

San Diego police believe they have found the man behind a series of attacks on homeless men across the city that left two dead and two severely injured.

Thirty-six-year-old Anthony Padgett was booked Thursday night on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the attacks on mostly sleeping men, some of whom were set on fire, police said.

Police Capt. David Nisleit says a tip led investigators to Padgett, who was born in the suburb of Chula Vista and was arrested there. Nisleit gave no further details on the man or the tip that led to him.

Nisleit said the investigation was in its "very early stages." He said authorities hadn't determined if the suspect was homeless himself but acknowledged that investigators searched homeless camps in Chula Vista.