Arrested Suspect in North Royalton Murder Case Could be Connected to North Canton Killings

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Brunswick Police have apprehended the man suspected of killing three women in North Royalton this weekend, and say that may not be the full extent of his crimes.

A nearly nine-hour standoff concluded this morning around 5:30 a.m. between police and the 45-year-old man, George Brinkman.

Police tracked him to the house on Valley Forge Drive, and commenced the standoff around 9 p.m. last night. Brinkman did not live in the home, and its owner left unscathed.

Brunswick Police Lt. Robert Safran told Cleveland.com that officers entered the house via the front door and found that Brinkman had a handgun; they used a Taser on him to bring him into custody.

The bodies of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters Taylor Pifer and Kylie Pifer, aged 21 and 18, were found in their North Royalton home on Sunday night. While investigators have not determined when, precisely, the women were killed, they believe it was sometime between Saturday afternoon and night.

Investigators also think there may be a connection between Taylor and the Pifers' murders and those of a North Canton couple.

Rogell John, 71, and Roberta John, 64, were found dead yesterday in their home; they had both been shot. Brinkman lived nearby.

The North Royalton Police Department has not specified exactly how, but said Brinkman could definitely have ties to both crimes.

North Royalton Detective Dave Loeding spoke at a press conference this morning saying:

"I know there is some legal connection. I'm not at the point yet where I can tell you why or what but logically there is a connection. Any connection between the two will continue to be investigated."
During the press conference, Loeding also revealed that Brinkman was lifelong friends with Taylor, and that "logical" links existed between him and the five killed.

A vigil will be held tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m., at North Royalton High School, to commemorate Taylor and her daughters.


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