Police arrested a man already in federal prison Friday morning in connection with the homicides of four young men who were fatally shot at as they sat in a parked car in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood last year.
After investigating the homicides for more than a year, police recently developed probable cause to arrest San Francisco resident Lee Farley, police said.
Farley, 27, was arrested this morning around 9 a.m. at the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, in Stanislaus County, where he was in custody on an unrelated charge, according to police.
Officers then booked him into the San Francisco jail on suspicion of four counts of murder, four counts of shooting at an inhabited vehicle, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted narcotics offender, and one count of participating in a criminal street gang, police said.
The homicides occurred on Jan. 9, 2015, on Page Street between Octavia and Laguna streets.
Around 10 p.m., officers responded to the area for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered the four victims, all suffering from fatal gunshot wounds, inside a stolen car that has been double-parked on the street.
The four victims were later identified as San Francisco residents Yalani Chinyamurindi, 19, Harith Atchan, 21, Manuel O’Neal, 22, and Antioch resident David Saucier, 20.
“I was the officer in charge of the Homicide Detail at the time of this homicide and later promoted to Commander of Investigations,” Acting Chief of Police Toney Chaplin said in a statement. “I promised the victims’ families that the San Francisco Police Department would do everything we could to solve this brutal crime.” “I am happy to announce that the department has arrested a suspect and begun the process of bringing justice and healing to the victims’ families,” Chaplin said.