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Man in custody for shooting homeless men in Las Vegas

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Joshua Castellon, 26 (LVMPD) Joshua Castellon, 26 (LVMPD)
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Authorities have arrested a man in connection with four shootings, that left two homeless men dead. 

Joshua Castellon, 26, was arrested on Feb. 16 by a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Las Vegas police said in a release. Detectives with Las Vegas Metro police on Tuesday filed a warrant for his arrest on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. 

In a press conference, Homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said a patrol officer stopped Castellon on Feb. 8, as he was sleeping in his car, for a field interview. He was not homeless but would occasionally sleep in his car, McGrath said. 

According to a criminal complaint, during the stop, Castellon told police he lived in an apartment but was too tired to go inside. He also said he was a driver for Lyft. Officers noted his clothing and vehicle matched what was seen in surveillance video. Officers said they also noted a small hole in the passenger floorboard. Castellon said the hole was made when a friend fired a shotgun inside the vehicle.

The federal gun charge is connected to the shootings, McGrath said, and was related to a recent purchase of a gun and ammunition that is believed to be the murder weapon. No motive was expressed by Castellon as of his arrest. 

On Feb. 15, detectives contacted Castellon's wife. She said he recently opened a credit card with First Premiere Bank and she believed he purchased a gun. His wife said she saw the surveillance video and believed it was her husband. She confronted him but he denied that he was the person in the video. Detectives also learned Castellon purchased a gun online and it was shipped to a federal firearms licensee who conducted the transfer to Castellon. 

In a form that is required to be filled out when a person purchases a firearm from a federal firearm licensee, Castellon indicated he was not buying the firearm on behalf of another person. However, during an interview, Castellon said he acquired the gun to resell it to another person that he identified as a "friend of a friend" and that sold it. 

Law enforcement said his admission provided probable cause to believe that he "made a false written statement intended or likely to deceive a federal firearms licensee, in violation of federal law."

Following the conclusion of the federal case, Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center, police said. 

Police earlier this month said the suspect shot a person in the parking lot of a gas station in Logandale on Jan. 29. A few hours later, a second victim was shot and killed outside of a swap meet near Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

On Feb. 2, police said a 68-year-old man was fatally shot in his sleep near 14th Street and U.S. 95. Police said the shootings were random. 

Anyone with any information about any of these incidents, or anyone with surveillance footage that may have captured the suspect or suspect vehicle, was urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521 or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com.  To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com

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