Police: Brother of mutilated boy targets homeless

Police: Brother of mutilated boy targets homeless

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say the brother of a Pittsburgh boy who was brutally killed by a vagrant targeted homeless people in paintball attacks last week.

Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Drake faces charges including aggravated assault in the attacks Thursday on homeless people living under railroad tracks on the city’s North Side.

Police say Joseph Drake told investigators he hates the homeless because his 11-year-old brother, Scott, was murdered and mutilated by a homeless man in 2000.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Drake was arrested after three homeless people complained they’d been attacked with paintballs. Investigators say Drake was in possession of a paintball gun and mask.

Scott Drake’s killer is serving a life sentence.

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