According to police, authorities were able to locate and identify Brownlee thanks to help from community tips. Authorities reportedly followed Brownlee via surveillance, observed his patterns, and were able to find him.
He was allegedly wearing dark clothes and a mask around his neck, and he was armed with a firearm when he was taken into custody. Police said they "stopped another killing."
The killings began on July 8 at around 12:31 a.m., when 35-year-old Paul Alexander Yaw was shot to death on the 5600 block of Kermit Lane. Nearly a month later, on Aug. 11 at around 9:39 p.m., police said 43-year-old Salvador William Dubedy Jr. was shot dead in the 4900 block of West Lane. On Aug. 30, 21-year-old Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez was fatally shot in the 800 block E. Hammer Lane. On Sept. 21, 52-year-old Juan Cruz was reportedly fatally shot on the 4400 block of Manchester Avenue, and on Sept. 27, 52-year-old Lorenzo Lopez was shot dead on the 900 block of Porter Avenue.
According to KCRA-TV, there was a sixth victim out of Oakland, California, identified as 40-year-old Juan Miguel Vasquez Serrano.
Additionally, a 46-year-old woman is reportedly the only known survivor of the alleged shootings. The woman was reportedly shot near an encampment at Park and Union streets when she was biking on April 16, 2021, at around 3:30 a.m. The woman told authorities she saw the man in dark clothing with a face mask, KCRA reports.
The woman and suspect reportedly said no words to each other, and she attempted to defend herself before being shot multiple times.
According to police, Brownlee was arrested for homicide, but the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office will continue the investigation and will file the appropriate charges.
Records obtained by KCRA allege Brownlee has a criminal history in California and Arizona for drug violations, traffic violations, and a DUI.