A homeless man was taken into custody after four other sleeping homeless men were beaten to death with a metal pipe overnight in Chinatown, authorities said.
NYPD officers responding to a 911 call around 1:50 a.m. on Saturday found an unconscious man lying in the street with “severe head trauma” near 2 Bowery, Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Manhattan South, said at a news conference Saturday morning.
A second man with head trauma approached officers at the scene, Hughes said. Witnesses told the officers a man in a black jacket and black pants struck the unconscious victim in the head with a metal pipe several times before fleeing the scene.
The conscious man was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, according to Hughes. The unconscious man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers found the bodies after getting a call about a possible fight in Chinatownaround 2 a.m., CBS2’s Christina Fan reports.
They found two victims near Bowery and Doyers Street. One victim was lying on the ground, unconscious and suffering from severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other victim, also suffering from head trauma, approached the officers when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.