The brother of gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has been charged with the murder of three men shot dead at a Cleveland home on New Year’s Eve, officials said.
Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested Thursday at Fort Stewart in Georgia in connection to the fatal shooting at an Airbnb rental property that also left two others injured, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said in a joint statement obtained by NBC News.
Authorities said an “uninvited group” entered the house during a party on the last day of 2018 and “an altercation ensued” between them and the invited guests. Eventually gunfire rang out.
Delvante Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21, were killed at the house. Devaughn Gibson, 23, was rushed to a hospital, but also died.
Biles-Thomas, who is on active duty with the Army, is the only person to so far be charged in the shooting. He faces six counts of murder, three counts of voluntary manslaughter, five counts of felonious assault and one count of perjury, officials said.
His arrest came after nearly eight months of investigating the shooting, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said.
“The relentless persistence of Cleveland Police Homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case," O’Malley said in the statement. "It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims."
Biles-Thomas Is being held at Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13 in Cleveland. It was not immediately clear when he may be extradited or if he has an attorney.