WESTERVILLE (WCMH) — A man has been arrested in connection with separate killings this spring in Westerville and Columbus, and the link between them may be a dating app.
Westerville police first named the suspect Thursday morning in the killing of 62-year-old Robert Goodrich.
Talent A-Christian Bradley, 19, of Coshocton was arrested Wednesday night at his home. Police say Bradley confessed to killing Goodrich, who was stabbed to death at his home in the 600 block of Mohican Way on May 26.
“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.
Grindr is a dating app for gay men.
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.
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.”
Westerville police say they were able to find Bradley based on neighborhood video surveillance of his red Honda Civic, which police located at his residence.
Police cautioned people using dating apps to meet people they don’t know in public places.