Police blamed a man on Sunday in connection with the beating death of four homeless people who were killed sleeping on the streets of New York City.
Randy Rodriguez Santos, 24, was charged with four murders, one NBC New York reported it was an attempted murder and the illegal possession of marijuana. Santos was arrested and examined at the Bellevue Hospital before being charged.
It is unclear whether Santos has a lawyer.
Police announced on Saturday that the four men in Chinatown were brutally attacked neighborhood in Lower Manhattan at three different locations. A fifth person was injured but survived.
The officials responded At around 2 am, an emergency call came and found an unconscious man on the street with a severe head injury. About two hours later, the police found the three other victims, all of whom had suffered similar injuries.
All four were declared dead at the scene.
A fifth man with head trauma, who later turned to the police, was sent to a hospital in critical condition, Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Hughes said in a statement on Saturday morning.
Two witnesses told the officer that a man in a black jacket and pants was repeatedly hitting one of the victims with a metal object, Hughes said.  Shortly thereafter, the authorities observed "a male who agreed with the description of a metal object".
The police announced Saturday that they had a 24-year-old homeless man in custody, but had not released his information at that time.
Tom Winter contributed.