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ANAHEIM -- Kelly Soto, left, cries Saturday as she attends a candlelight vigil after the stabbing death of a homeless man Friday behind the Carl's Jr. on the corner of La Palma Avenue and Imperial Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

ANAHEIM -- More than 100 people turn out for a candlelight vigil at La Palma Avenue and Imperial Highway after the latest stabbing death of a homeless man.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

ANAHEIM, CA -- Christopher Schegetz, 12, of Yorba Linda, lights a candle at the vigil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

John Welter, Anaheim police chief, left, speaks at a news conference as R.A. Hicks, Placentia police chief, right, looks on. On display is a photo of Itzcoatl Ocampo, the suspect in the killings of the four homeless men.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Mourners gather at the makeshift memorial for Friday night's stabbing victim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Tobi Aclaro, 45, offers prayers at the memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Koree Johnson weeps at the memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

April Orona and her 3-year-old daughter, Arianna, bring a rose to the memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Young mourners write messages on a poster at the memorial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A note left at the memorial to Friday night's victim, known to locals as John.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Police investigate the area where a homeless man was found stabbed to death behind a Carl's Jr. near La Palma Avenue and Imperial Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Krista Schegetz, left, hugs friend Michaela Kovocova in front of the Carls Jr. Schegetz said she was a friend of the stabbing victim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Mayor Tom Tait, left, and Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter speak to the media across from the scene of the killing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Police investigate the scene where a homeless man known as John was killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A motorist holds the flier appealing for information on the homicides.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Law enforcement officials question motorists at a roadblock and distribute leaflets seeking information about the slayings of three homeless people in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in setting up and manning the road block.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A homeless person sleeps on a bench at the bus depot. Three homeless men have been stabbed and killed in recent weeks in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

John Berry, 64, who is homeless, listens to Anaheim Police Sergeant Mike Lynch warn him about the suspected serial killer in Orange County and how transients can protect themselves. Eight days after this photo was taken, Berry himself was killed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A memorial for James Patrick McGillivray, 53, a homeless man, sits against a stucco wall where he was stabbed and killed on Dec. 20 at a strip mall. He is one of three homeless men who have been randomly killed in recent weeks in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Steven Scott, 51, who is homeless and recently got his nose broken when he confronted another man about giving back his stolen shoes, listens to Police Sgt. Mike Lynch warn him about the suspected serial killer in Orange County and how transients can protect themselves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Ronnie Zupsic, who was injured in a fight and is homeless, reads a bulletin about the suspected serial killer in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Randall Lee Hooper, 54, keeps all his belongings in a pull suitcase and spends the nights in the Fullerton Armory. He is uneasy sleeping on the streets now and was beaten badly on Oct. 31.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Homeless man Daniel Jaime, 52, spends his days in La Palma Park with other homeless men and his nights in the Fullerton Armory because he's afraid to be alone since three homeless men have been stabbed and killed in recent weeks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Steven Erickson, 56, who is homeless, listens to Police Sgt. Mike Lynch warn him about the suspected serial killer in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A memorial for Paulus Smit, 57, lies in an outside stairwell where he was stabbed and killed while sleeping at the Yorba Linda library. He is one of three homeless men who have been randomly killed in recent weeks in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Daryl Bossier, 49, who is homeless and has multiple sclerosis, keeps a lookout to protect his fellow homeless friends near the Orange County Civic Center. "A lot of people here are worried about the killer," Bossier said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A homeless person sleeps on a bench near a street lamp and bar lamp in an alley near the bus depot in Fullerton. Three homeless men have been stabbed and killed in recent weeks in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Sharie LaTurno, 29, who has been homeless since April, downloads music on her laptop computer near the Orange County Civic Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Jenni McCourry, who has been homeless for five years, retires for the night in her "condo" as she keeps an eye out for strangers near the Orange County Civic Center. "I feel totally safe here," McCourry said. "When it's my time to go, it's my time to go. I can't be scared of one crazy man when I'm surrounded of hundreds of people," McCourry said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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After the fourth killing of a homeless man in nearly a month, police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for all the deaths. He has been identified as Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda.

John Welter, police chief in Anaheim, where the latest slaying occurred, said Saturday that he hopes Orange County prosecutors will file four counts of murder in the coming days.

In their search for a serial killer, police conducted roadblocks in Placentia and in Yorba Linda.

Detectives released grainy footage from a security camera showing a man dressed in black and “lying in wait” at the time of the first attack, which occurred Dec. 20.

That image became the primary lead in the investigation. Detectives were also searching for a white, four-door late-model Toyota Corolla.

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