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Man formally indicted in Chinatown killings of four homeless men Monday

Posted at 4:51 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 12:55:18-04

NEW YORK — The man charged with attacking five men in Chinatown was formally indicted Monday, according to the district attorney.

Four homeless men were killed, and another man was injured during an attack in Manhattan early Saturday, Oct. 5.

Randy Santos, himself homeless, is accused of beating four other homeless men to death while they slept on a New York City Street.

Police say he bludgeoned the five men over the head with a metal rod.

Santos was arrested as he fled minutes after the pre-dawn attack. Officials later tied Santos to a similar attack on Sept. 27 in Chelsea, where he’s accused of attacking a man sleeping on a bench and attempting to throw him over a railing into the river.

He was charged him with four counts of first-degree murder, and one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault in the attacks.

“There is perhaps no population more vulnerable to violence than the growing number of unsheltered New Yorkers who lack a safe place to sleep,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “As my office works to secure justice for Cheun Kok, Anthony Mason, Nazario Abdelardo Vazquez Villegas, and a tragically still-unidentified neighbor, our city can further honor their memories by delivering secure housing to all New Yorkers.”