Police: Brother of mutilated boy targets homeless

March 13, 2012 - 8:35 AM

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 (http://bit.ly/yONaD1 ) 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.

Court records do not list an attorney for Drake. A phone listing for him could not be located Tuesday.

Scott Drake's killer is serving a life sentence.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com