LOS ANGELES—A man suspected of killing three women in Los Angeles in the late 1980s has been arrested after detectives found DNA evidence linking him to the slayings.

Police said 72-year-old Samuel Little was arrested in Louisville, Ky. in September on an unrelated narcotics warrant while investigators built their case. He later waived extradition and was brought to Los Angeles, where he was charged Monday with three murder counts.

Det. Mitzi Roberts said Little has committed crimes in 24 states. She called him a career criminal who committed "theft by day and murder by night."

He was accused of two murders and two attempted murders in Florida and Mississippi in the early 1980s.

Little was being held without bail. It's not immediately known whether he has an attorney.