Man Pleads Guilty to Thanksgiving Stabbings of Two Transients

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A stateless  encampment successful  Venice Beach, Calif., connected  Jan. 27, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

A stateless encampment successful Venice Beach, Calif., connected Jan. 27, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

SAN DIEGO—A antheral who stabbed a brace of homeless people—one fatally—in 2 abstracted Midway District attacks connected the aforesaid time pleaded blameworthy Nov. 1 to execution and attempted execution charges.

Forrest Robert Brantley, 40, is expected to person a 33 years-to-life authorities situation word erstwhile helium is sentenced for the attacks, which occurred connected Thanksgiving Day 2019.

Brantley admitted to fatally stabbing 55-year-old Robert Erbe successful the cervix astatine astir 8 a.m. Nov. 28, 2019, extracurricular a 7-Eleven store connected Sports Arena Boulevard.

About six hours anterior to Erbe’s slaying, helium besides stabbed different stateless antheral successful the backmost and limb connected Sports Arena Boulevard, according to Deputy District Attorney Will Hopkins.

At Brantley’s arraignment, the authoritative said that aft stabbing the archetypal victim, Brantley returned to the country and approached Erbe and an unidentified 2nd transient extracurricular a convenience store.

Brantley offered Erbe drugs successful a container and past stabbed the unfortunate portion Erbe was looking done the bag, Hopkins said.

According to the prosecutor, Erbe asked Brantley wherefore helium stabbed him and Brantley responded, “This is war.”

The unfortunate was taken to a hospital, wherever helium died, according to San Diego police.

According to Hopkins, Brantley posted connected societal media days anterior to the stabbings that helium was going to “help the homeless,” though his existent volition was to people stateless victims.

Brantley was arrested successful Ventura astir a week aboriginal portion walking adjacent the intersection of the 101 Freeway and authorities Route 33, wherever officers recognized him from fugitive-suspect alerts, according to Ventura police.

Sentencing is acceptable for Dec. 2.

City News Service


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