Attacker Behind Bowery Bloodbath Charged with Murder; has More than a Dozen Prior Arrests
Police yesterday charged 24-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos in connection with the brutal early morning murder of four homeless men on the Bowery a day earlier.
Santos struck five times in the vicinity of Kimlau Square in Chinatown, bludgeoning to death four vagrants while they slept with a fifteen-pound rod of scrap metal. One victim survived in critical condition.
Santos was charged yesterday afternoon with four counts of murder, attempted murder, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The New York Post, always eager to exploit crime as a means of attacking Mayor de Blasio, published a string of follow-up articles about Santos. Namely, that he is a homeless man himself with a recorded history of violence.
According to the tabloid, the Bronx native has been in and out of local shelters for a couple years and boasts fourteen prior arrests; four of them logged in the past year.
In the month of November 2018, Santos allegedly jumped the desk at an SRO on West 35th Street in Midtown, grabbing a man by the neck and biting his chest. Later that month, Santos allegedly randomly punched a straphanger on a northbound Q train near Canal Street.
“The motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks,” NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Baldassano, head of the Manhattan South Detectives, said during a news conference on Saturday.