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Stockton police detectives looking into "patterns" emerging in city's homicides

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STOCKTON – Stockton police say detectives are looking into "patterns" they are seeing in the dozens of homicides they've been investigating this year.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the police department said they have investigated a total of 43 homicides already in 2022 – 9 more than the same time last year. Of those investigations, police say they've identified or arrested suspects in nearly 50 percent of them.

SPD News: 2022 Homicide Update So far in 2022, we have investigated 43 homicides compared to 32 at this same time last...

Posted by Stockton Police Department on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Notably, however, police say they are now assembling a team of investigators who will be looking into the patterns they are seeing in some of the recent homicides.

"As detectives have been looking at the data and evidence for some of the recent homicides, they have noticed the homicides are occurring during the night or early morning hours and our victims were alone," Stockton police said.

At the moment, detectives say they don't know if they are looking for multiple suspects or just one.

Police are urging people with any relevant information about any of the cases to call the department's non-emergency number at (209) 937-8377. 

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