Suspect arrested in Las Vegas homeless killings

Joshua Castellon, 26, is charged with murdering two Las Vegas area homeless men and attempting to murder two others. Photo: Las Vegas Metro Police Department

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police in Las Vegas say they have arrested a suspect in the cold-blooded murder of two homeless men and the attempted murder of two others.

According to Las Vegas Police Capt. Robert Plummer, the suspect, Joshua Castellon, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday after being identified by Las Vegas homicide detectives, the FBI, and the ATF.

Investigators say Castellon was responsible for firing multiple shots at a man near a convenience store and hitting him once on the night of Jan. 29.

Later that night, in two separate incidents, officials say, Castellon killed a homeless man and shot another. The third victim was shot in the face, Plummer reported at the time. The man survived but was unable to provide any information to police.

On Feb. 2, police say, Castellon struck again, shooting to death a homeless man while he slept beneath a viaduct.

Plummer said investigators have surveillance video and ballistic evidence tying Castellon to the deadly crime spree, but the real break in the case came from a tip provided by a person police called a “viewer.”

Castellon was initially arrested by ATF agents on a federal weapons charge. He was then charged with two counts of murder involving use of a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.


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