The brother of accused serial shooter Dale Hausner was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man in the stomach.
Police arrested Jeff Hausner, 40, about 10:30 a.m. outside his home in the 18600 block of N. 35th Avenue. The man has been questioned by police multiple times, including once in late August where he said he was handcuffed and forced by the courts to give a DNA sample.
Authorities would not say if Jeff Hausner is also being investigated in connection with any of the Serial Shooters crimes. He is not a suspect, police said.
However, police say Jeff was with accused serial shooter Samuel Dieteman on April 14 outside some stores at 7333 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix when a homeless man and his friend approached Hausner and asked for spare change.
Hausner turned to Dieteman and gestured in a manner that made the transient believe he was reaching for money. But instead, Jeff pulled out a knife and stabbed the man in the stomach, police said.
Brother Randy Hausner declined comment and instead referred calls to his family’s publicist, David Hans Schmidt. Schmidt said the family is “shocked” by Jeff’s arrest.
The stabbing victim, whose name and age were not released, was hospitalized but has since recovered.
Because he was homeless, it took authorities time to track him down and put together the case against Jeff, police said.
Phoenix Sgt. Andy Hill said that investigators became aware the stabbing was connected to Jeff Hausner about a week ago, based on information investigators received from the public. Hill would not elaborate.
Authorities said there could also be a third person involved in the stabbing, because the stabbing victim told police he saw Hausner and Dieteman leave in a vehicle that neither one of them drove. The man did not get a look at the driver.
Jeff Hausner was booked into Madison Street Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
Dale has said in previous interviews that it was Jeff who introduced Dale and Dieteman to one another. Dale and Dieteman are charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder, 14 counts of aggravated assault and 16 counts of drive-by shooting in connection with 16 of the Serial Shooter incidents dating back to May 2005.