A 56-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two men and a woman to death in separate crimes near homeless encampments in the Compton area was charged Tuesday with three counts of murder.

Tracy Walker is also facing one count of possession of firearm by a felon in connection with the three homicides that date back to last June. He is being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail, and is scheduled to make his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Compton courthouse.

Walker was arrested Thursday after detectives located him at a homeless encampment next to the Compton Creek bed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The latest victim, 30-year-old Cesar Mazariegos, was discovered on Feb. 9 on the east side of the Compton Creek near Del Amo Boulevard, on a dirt embankment near where the earlier two victims had been found, the sheriff’s department reported.

Walker is also charged with the deaths of Kenneth Jones, 26, who was found Jan. 15 with stab wounds to his upper body, along with blunt force head trauma; and Patricia Loeza, 26, who was found on June 7 with stab wounds to the upper body.

“All three of the victims were killed in close proximity to each other, and all three victims appeared to have been homeless, possibly staying (at) homeless encampments at or near the Compton Creek bed,” according to a sheriff’s statement.

“Through investigation, suspect Tracy Walker … was identified as being involved in all three of the murders. While being interviewed by homicide detectives, suspect Walker implicated himself in the murders of victims Loeza, Jones and Mazariegos.”

District Attorney George Gascon said: “The heartless and brazen nature of these murders against some of the most helpless members of our community shock the conscience. My office will be seeking the appropriate justice given the circumstances, and that is why we are seeking a life sentence in this case.”

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