‘They didn’t listen to me’

The only known survivor of a serial killer police believe is linked to seven attacks in Stockton and the Bay Area has shared her terrifying story with local media.

Natasha LaTour gave an exclusive interview to the 209 Times, recounting the night she almost died and criticizing detectives for treating her “like garbage.” LaTour, 46, was living in a tent at the corner of Park and Union streets in Stockton on April 16, 2021; shortly after 3 o’clock she heard the sound of crunching gravel approaching her in the darkness. When she came out of her tent, she saw a figure in dark clothes, his face hidden by a black surgical mask, pointing a gun with one hand at her. LaTour said the person started shooting when a nearby train sped by.

Caught between a moving train and a fence she didn’t think she could scale, LaTour told the 209 Times she decided to rush the shooter, hoping to get into the street where she could be seen by a passing car. She said when she ran toward the shooter, they dropped to one knee and continued to shoot with both hands. She believes she was shot nine or ten times before the assailant left; the suspect never said a word.

The intersection of Park and Union streets in Stockton, where Natasha LeTour was shot by a suspected serial killer in April 2021.

The intersection of Park and Union streets in Stockton, where Natasha LeTour was shot by a suspected serial killer in April 2021.

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Afraid that no one would find her, LaTour rolled onto the street, where she was eventually found by a couple driving by who called 911.

According to LaTour, detectives from the Stockton Police Department seemed indifferent to her horrific ordeal. “They basically treated me like it was a drug deal gone bad,” she said. “Like I knew something I wasn’t sharing. Through this whole process, ever since April, ever since I got out of the hospital, it was me constantly trying to reach them.”

“I don’t know if they believed it or not, but what I do know – and what has been made very clear – is that they just didn’t care,” she added.

More than a year later, LaTour said she learned from media coverage that a serial killer was believed to be operating in the Stockton area; when she heard about the circumstances of the other shootings, she immediately noticed the similarities to her own attack. She believes that if the detectives had investigated her case more thoroughly, the killer could already be in custody.

“Five people died because they didn’t listen to me,” she told 209 Times.

LaTour’s attack and six killings have been linked by ballistics evidence to the same gun; the first took place in April 2021 in Oakland. That victim has been identified by family members as Miguel Vasquez. According to Oakland police, the 39-year-old was found dead on a sidewalk after police responded to shots fired by ShotSpotter. Vasquez was homeless and working odd jobs for people in the neighborhood.



“He was a really good father. He was well known in Oakland,” Vasquez’s daughter Ines told KRON4. “He was kind. He was a hard worker.”

These are the killer’s known attacks:

10 April 2021 at 04.18
5700 Harmon Avenue, Oakland
Miguel Vasquez, 39 (deceased)

16 April 2021 at 03.20
Park and Union, Stockton
Natasha LaTour, 46 (survivor)

July 8 at 12:31 p.m
5600 Kermit Lane, Stockton
Paul Alexander Yaw, 35 (deceased)

August 11 at 9:49 p.m
4900 West Lane, Stockton
Salvador William Dubedy Jr., 43 (deceased)

30 August at 06:41
800 E. Hammer Lane, Stockton
Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21 (Deceased)

September 21 at 04:27
4400 Manchester Ave., Stockton
Juan Cruz, 52 (deceased)

September 27 at 01:53
900 Porter Ave., Stockton
Lorenzo Lopez, 54 (deceased)

Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden, center, Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln, left, and City Manager Harry Black listen to a question about the investigation of a suspected serial killer during a news conference in Stockton, Calif., on Oct. 4.

Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden, center, Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln, left, and City Manager Harry Black listen to a question about the investigation of a suspected serial killer during a news conference in Stockton, Calif., on Oct. 4.

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The suspect last struck on September 27. Three days later, Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden announced that the killings had been connected. “We don’t know what the motive is. … This person is on a mission,” McFadden said at a news conference last week. “It just seems to be very fluid and deliberate.”

A dedicated tip line is available at 209-937-8167 and tips can be sent to policetips@stocktonca.gov. Police in Stockton are asking people to avoid dark, “isolated” areas and walk with others whenever possible.

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