STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — The Stockton Police Department announced Saturday that an arrest has been made in connection with a series of homicides in Stockton.
Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden thanked several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as the Stockton community for their assistance in making this arrest.
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The arrest was made thanks to community tips and “old-fashioned police work.” according to McFadden.
McFadden said a surveillance team followed the suspect, Wesley Brownlee, 43, as he drove by watching his chatter and “determined early this morning that he was out there looking to kill, that he was on the hunt.”
The suspect was stopped around 2 a.m. in the area of Village Green Drive and Winslow Avenue.
McFadden said he had a mask around his neck when he was arrested and was found with a firearm.
“We’re confident we’ve stopped another murder,” McFadden said.
Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln thanked the community for their help and support through numerous tips.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done.” said Lincoln. “Thank you for stepping up, thank you for practicing your voice, thank you for sending the hundreds of tips that come in every day.”
A total of six shootings in Stockton are connected to the killing spree.
This year’s five Stockton shoots took place in the following locations:
- July 8: 5600 block of Kermit Lane, near Elaine and East Robinhood drives, around 12:30 a.m.
- Aug. 11: 4900 block of West Lane, near Bianchi Road, around 9:39 p.m
- Aug. 30: 800 block of East Hammer Lane, near Shamrock and Tam O’Shanter Drives, around 6:40 a.m.
- Sept. 21: 4400 block of Manchester Avenue, near Rosemarie Lane, around 4:30 a.m.
- Sept. 27: 900 block of Porter Avenue, near Gettysburg Place, around 1:51 a.m
Two shootings in April 2021 are also linked to this year’s shootings by the Stockton Police Department.
One of the shootings happened on April 10, 2021 in Oakland at 4:18 a.m. on Harmon Avenue.
Six days later, on April 16, 2021, the shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. in Stockton near Park and Union streets.
Miguel Vasquez, 34, was the victim of a shooting on April 10, 2021, and an unidentified woman survived the attack on April 16, 2021.