An alleged schizophrenic serial killer living in an Oregon group home for mentally ill adults was arrested in connection with a spate of deadly random attacks.
Joseph Kelly Banks, 49, allegedly perpetrated a slaying at the start of the first three months of 2022, officials said. He is also accused of two other non-fatal shootings and an additional attack during that time frame, according to The Oregonian.
Banks’ purported murder victims were three men that were found shot to death in or near their cars in Portland on the first or second days of January, February and March, the paper said.
He was also accused of shooting a man and a woman in a park and wounding a third person in February, according to the report.
The crimes were linked together through forensics and security footage, and all of the victims appeared to be strangers, police reportedly said.
A grand jury charged him with 15 counts related to the spree on Monday, including three counts of second-degree murder with a firearm, the paper said. He was arraigned on Tuesday.
Banks had been committed to a psychiatric facility for at least a decade after being found not guilty on weapons charges due to insanity in 2007, according to the report.
He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder at the time and doctors warned he posed a danger to others, the article said.
Banks was reportedly released to a halfway house under federal supervision about a year ago after psychiatrists said he could be stabilized on a “regimen of psychotropic medication.”