Brooklyn serial killer case? - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

NYPD questioning man in connection with Brooklyn killings

MYFOXNY.COM -

The NYPD is questioning a so-called person of interest in connection with the series of murders of shopkeepers in Brooklyn, a source told Fox 5.

Police sources say the man is being questioned at the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn.

He came in voluntarily and at this point he is only being questioned.

The person seen in surveillance video, dubbed "John Doe Duffel Bag," is talking to detectives, according to the NYPD.

Police sources say he was near the scene of each shooting since July.

Detectives Wednesday recovered a sawed-off rifle believed to have been used in the mysterious shooting deaths, reported the Associated Press.

The Ruger 10-22 rifle had a makeshift light attached to its barrel and was found inside a duffel bag belonging to a balding, middle-aged man.

The latest was Friday night at the She She Boutique on Flatbush Avenue where Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was murdered.

A .22 caliber firearm was used in each shooting, all at point blank range, police said. In each case the victim's face and head was covered with clothing, but very little money was taken, police said.

The shootings happened in Brooklyn within four miles of each other.

Another common thread: all three men were of Middle Eastern descent.

Dr. N. G. Berril, who conducted the court-ordered psychological evaluation of serial killer Joel Rifkin, told Fox 5 the three murders may be bias hate crimes by a former military person targeting men of Middle Eastern descent.

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit provides help on complex cases, including those involving spree and serial killings.

Police say more than 80 detectives have been assigned to the case, including ones from the Hate Crimes Task Force.

As for the person seen in the "John Doe Duffel Bag" video, the victims' relatives have reportedly said they remember seeing him before the shootings.

But police say he is only being questioned.

The NYPD has offered rewards of $22,000 in each of the homicides for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information about the shootings is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hot-line anonymously:

800-577 TIPS (8477)

www.nypdcrimestoppers.com

Text your tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices