Suspect arrested in Las Vegas homeless killings

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 21, 2018

Robert Plummer, the suspect, Joshua Castellon, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday after being identified by Las Vegas homicide detectives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the ATF.

Metro Police say they have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the shootings of two homeless men who were killed and two other men who were wounded.

Investigators said Castellon apparently carried out the attacks in Las Vegas and Logandale between January 29 and February 2.

Joshua Castellon, 26, was arrested on February 16 by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Las Vegas police said in a release. 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.

The first shooting unfolded just after midnight on January 29 in a gas station parking lot in Logandale, an unincorporated two located about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas, police said.

The two other victims who were shot that day were taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

On Feb. 2, officers discovered the body of 64-year-old James Lewis under a bridge. Surveillance video showed a suspect approaching Lewis and shooting him as he slept.

The killings set Las Vegas on edge, especially the city's large homeless population. Plummer told reporters that if the shooter wasn't a serial killer, "he's on his way to being one".

Las Vegas police Lt. Dan McGrath said Castellon was contacted on February 8 by a patrol officer who saw him sleeping in his auto.

"Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center after the resolution of the federal case", according to a press release from police.

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