L.A. Baseball-Bat Killings Suspect May Be Linked to Disappearances of Relatives

The man suspected of beating three homeless men to death with a baseball bat in Los Angeles County is also wanted for questioning in the disappearance of two of his relatives in Texas, police say. Ramon Escobar, 47, was taken into custody Monday by police and is being held on suspicion he killed three homeless men and injured four others. However, Houston police told the Los Angeles Times that Escobar is also a person of interest in the August disappearances of Dina Escobar, 60, and Rogelio Escobar, 65. Houston Police Lt. Humberto Lopez said: “He was their nephew. We are looking to talk to him. We learned he was in L.A. Monday from detectives there with the arrest.” Foul play is suspected in their disappearances—the burnt-out remains of Dina Escobar’s van were found in Galveston, about 50 miles south of Houston, a few days after his disappearance. According to records reviewed by the Times, Escobar was arrested “several times” in the Houston area since the 1990s for a myriad of crimes, including “burglary, trespassing and assault” that resulted in injury.