19 year old Talent A-Christian Bradley was arrested by Westerville Police on Wednesday night (Aug. 11) at his home for the suspected killing of two men he met on gay dating app - Grindr.
According to a police press release, the Westerville Division of Police called in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to a suspicious death on Thursday (May 27) after they received a 911 call from a relative who found the body.
The body was identified as 62-year-old Robert Allen Goodrich. He was found inside his home on the 600 block of Mohican Way after a relative had performed a wellness check for not hearing from the victim for some time.
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Police say they were able to find Bradley based on neighborhood video surveillance of his red Honda Civic, which police located at his residence.
On Monday (Aug. 2,2021), police released photos of a red Honda Civic they say is connected to Goodrich’s death. Police say they want to talk to car’s owner.
The car appears to be missing the “H” in “Honda” on the front bumper and has dents in the left front and rear quarter panels. The driver’s side wheels appear to be black or missing the hubcaps, according to release from police.
Police say Bradley confessed to killing Goodrich after arresting him at his home Wednesday night (Aug. 11).
“When we spoke to our suspect last night, he confirmed that he met our victim on the dating app Grindr and we believe that he met the Columbus victim as well the same way,” said Detective Lt. Justin Alloway of Westerville police.
Columbus police said later in the day that Bradley is also facing charges in the death of 63-year-old Randy Gwirtz of Columbus. Gwirtz was killed in the 1400 block of Fahlander Drive South, also on May 26.
Police said they were called to the 1400 block of Fahlander Drive South at 12:17 p.m. Monday for a wellness check. Once officers arrived, they found Randy Gwirtz, 63, unresponsive inside the home. He was pronounced dead by emergency medical services at 12:58 p.m. The coroner’s office has ruled that Gwirtz died as a result of a homicide.
When NBC4 recorded Bradley being escorted outside by police, he said, “I didn’t do it” when asked if he had a message for family members.
Police believe that Bradley went to each man’s home hours apart and stabbed them to death. Goodrich’s body was found the next day, but it was 12 days before Gwirtz’s was found after a family member requested a wellness check.
“We did not have enough information to link those two 100%,” Columbus police Sgt. James Fuqua said. “If it were necessary and we felt the public at large was at extreme risk for this particular suspect to continue to engage in that activity, we would have most certainly put that out.
“But based on the information we had, we felt it best to not provide that publicly.”
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