Murder suspect being investigated for possible link to string of German Village attacks
Columbus Police confirm detectives started looking into whether Brian Golsby, 29, charged with the rape and murder of an Ohio State student is now linked to a rash of robberies and attacks in southeast Columbus.
"We are working very hard to try and determine if we are still working for somebody else or if Golsby is connected to these," said Columbus Police Sgt, Rich Weiner.
Since the end of January at least six women have been attacked or robbed, some at gunpoint, in German Village and near Nationwide Children's Hospital, by a man wearing a dark hoodie and a cloth that was covering his face.
"I don't walk alone at night, I have mace, that I carry," said Calah Schlab, who lives in German Village.
Neighbors started wondering if Golsby, a registered sex offender, and now accused of raping and murdering OSU student Reagan Tokes last week, was connected to the neighborhood violence after he was arrested at a temporary shelter he was living in, less than two miles from where the crimes happened. Police also found the car of murder victim Reagan Tokes, not far from German Village.
"I would like to know as soon as possible, so I know if the person was caught or someone was still out there," said Kara Bonham, who manages the Brown Bag Deli.
Weiner says detectives are now reviewing data from an ankle bracelet Golsby was wearing as part of his community control release to determine if he was anywhere near crimes when they happened.
"We need to make sure, whether or not he was involved or not involved, we don't want to ruin any cases," said Weiner.