3 LA-area homeless people found stabbed with notes

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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 2:30 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have linked three July stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area to one person they say left typewritten "death warrant" notes at each crime scene.

Police say the third letter was found at a stabbing early Thursday morning in Hollywood and was similar to letters found at two previous stabbings in downtown and Santa Monica. They were all signed "David Ben Keyes," who police have named as a person of interest.

Police say the three victims are in their 50s and were stabbed in the back in the early morning hours as they slept. They all survived.

Authorities are warning homeless people to seek shelter at night and avoid sleeping alone in the streets.

Homicide detectives, who took over the case Thursday, say it's too soon to know if the crimes could be linked to the series of gory stabbing deaths of four homeless people in Orange County between Dec. 2011 and January.

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