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The police in the Spanish region of Catalonia (north-east) a announced Tuesday the arrest of a man suspected of having murdered at least three homeless people in Barcelona since the start of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"The Mossos d'Esquadra (regional police, editor's note) hold a man linked to the deaths of people who live on the streets of Barcelona," Catalan police said on Tuesday in a statement.
The suspect, on whom no details were given, was arrested on Tuesday in the town of Sant Cugat del Vallés, on the outskirts of Barcelona, a few hours after the report of the murder of a homeless person in the center of the Catalan metropolis.
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"At 23:00 (21:00 GMT), we were informed that a person had died with signs of violence" in a street in the center of Barcelona, in the same area where the deaths of other homeless people had been seen in previous weeks, a Catalan police spokeswoman said Tuesday.
According to radio Cadena Ser, this death was due to a violent blow on the head, a method similar to that observed on three previous victims in the streets of the metropolis.
Witness descriptions and CCTV footage made the arrest possible, the spokeswoman said.
In total, four homeless people have died in a violent manner in Barcelona since March 19. Three of these killings have occurred in the past two weeks and have all been characterized by a violent blow to the head.
Police suspect the man arrested was involved in at least three of the deaths, the spokeswoman said.
The third country most bereaved by the coronavirus pandemic, Spain has seen its streets emptied by one of the strictest confinements in the world, established on March 14 and extended until May 9 inclusive.
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