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Homeless man indicted in New York City beating deaths

October 11, 2019
Randy Santos is arraigned in criminal court for the murder of four homeless men, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in New York. He was ordered held without bail. (Rashid Umar Abbasi/New York Post via AP, Pool)
Randy Santos is arraigned in criminal court for the murder of four homeless men, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in New York. He was ordered held without bail. (Rashid Umar Abbasi/New York Post via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man accused of beating four other homeless men to death while they slept on a New York City Street has been indicted by a grand jury.

Randy Santos was not in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday for a brief session with prosecutors. He was being held at Bellevue Hospital Center for evaluation after police say he bludgeoned five men over the head with a metal rod Saturday in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

Four died and one survived with critical injuries.

The indictment against the 24-year-old Santos is sealed until his next court date Oct. 28.

Santos was arrested as he fled minutes after the pre-dawn attack. Police charged him with four counts of second-degree murder, and one count of attempted murder.

His attorney, Arnold Levine, declined to comment when reached Friday.