The man arrested in the killings of an Ohio mother and her two adult daughters is suspected in the slaying of another couple murdered in their own home, officials said.
A SWAT team nabbed George Brinkman after a seven-hour standoff at a Brunswick home came to an end at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Brunswick Police Department said.
Brinkman, who authorities described as a squatter, was allegedly armed and refused to surrender.
He was Tasered and brought to an area hospital, officials said.
Authorities said the 45-year-old man is connected to the murders of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18, who were found dead in the mother’s bed on Sunday.
The bodies of the three Royalton women were found under the covers of the bed, as if they had been tucked in, officials told People.
Taylor’s boyfriend called 911, saying Taylor Pifer’s boyfriend called him after finding their bodies.
“They didn’t answer the door and he picked the lock and went in,” the distraught man told the 911 operator, according to a recording obtained by Cleveland.com. “He said the bedroom door is closed and he opens the bedroom door and he says ‘there’s a body in here.’”
The mother’s boyfriend noted that he had brought flowers to the home the day before but no one appeared to be inside. The flowers were still outside on Sunday, he said.
“I will never be the same. Suzie was an amazing woman and she went too soon,” her boyfriend wrote on Facebook. “The world is a darker place without her. Taylor and Kylie you were my daughters and I loved looking out for you. Rest In Peace Suzie, Taylor Pifer and Kylie Pifer.”
Authorities reportedly said there appeared to be no signs of forced entry, and investigators suspect the daughters were killed elsewhere in the home before their bodies were put in their mom’s bed.
Brinkman is believed to have known Taylor, Fox News reported.
He also knew 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John, whose son discovered they had been fatally shot in their Lake Township home at about 4:20 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier said at a Tuesday press conference that Brinkman had previously dated the Johns’ daughter, had worked for the couple and occasionally watched their home.
Brinkman and the Johns’ daughter had a strained relationship, Maier said.
The Johns were remembered as caring and loving and so unworthy of the brutality they were met with.
“They were some of the best people in this world," Nancy McKinney, sister of Roberta “Bobbie” John, wrote on Facebook. "It is senseless and the family is devasted (sic). I have a hole in my heart that will never mend."
“They were the kindest, hardest-working couple in the world, great parents and great to their parents,” her cousin wrote on Facebook. “This crime is against all of us, and our grief is immeasurable today.”
U.S. Marshals helped police track Brinkman to the Brunswick home where the standoff began at about 9 p.m. Monday.
Brinkman has been charged with two counts of murder in the John killings. He is being held by authorities in North Royalton, officials said.