Suspect charged in Lake Twp double homicide also connected to North Royalton triple homicide

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 22:24:59-04

A man charged in connection to a Lake Township double homicide is also the suspect in a triple homicide in North Royalton. 

George Brinkman Jr. is charged with murder in the deaths of 71-year-old Rogell Eugene John II and 64-year-old Roberta Ray John. The couple was found dead in their home on Mt. Pleasant NW on Monday. 

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According to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Brinkman is also the suspect in the deaths of a woman and her two daughters in North Royalton.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office said they were made aware of Brinkman Saturday, when North Royalton police called and said they wanted to talk to him about a triple homicide in their city. 

Police used the GPS on a cell phone to track Brinkman in Brunswick where he had a standoff with police Monday night and into Tuesday morning. The standoff ended peacefully and he was taken to an undisclosed hospital to be evaluated. He is now being held in the North Royalton Jail. 

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According to the sheriff's office, it appears Brinkman had known the Johns for a while and he recently watched their home while they were away on vacation. Authorities said he previously worked for the couple for a number of years, but officials were not sure of the nature of the work. Neighbors told News 5 that Brinkman delivered phone books for Rogell John. Brinkman had also reportedly dated the couple's daughter at one point, but they were no longer in a relationship.

Brinkman was watching the home until the couple arrived back in town on Sunday. Authorities say they were killed sometime Sunday or Monday. According to court documents, the Johns were shot during a robbery.

Brinkman is also considered a suspect in the deaths of 18-year-old Kylie Pifer, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and their mother Suzanne Taylor. Little is known about his relationship to the family but in a 911 call, Suzanne's boyfriend told dispatchers George was a friend and his car was in the driveway. 

He was being held in a North Royalton jail of as Tuesday night.