Sex offender wanted for murder of 77-year-old man confesses to murdering six more people
32-year-old Nicholas Gibson has been slapped with numerous charges regarding the April murder and will likely face more after his confession.
A convicted sex offender who was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of a 77-year-old man in Miami Beach, Florida, has confessed to being a serial killer and murdering six more people across the country beginning from when he was just 12 years old.
Thirty two-year-old Nicholas Gibson was wanted in the April 20 killing of Eric Stocker, whose body was found ten days later after Miami Beach Police were called to his residence at 1508 Michigan Avenue to check on reports of an odor coming from inside.
It was reported that the scene was "unusually gory" and that the 77-year-old had possibly been killed after Gibson mutilated him with a sword.
Gibson was immediately identified as a suspect, with a source telling authorities that he had made some type of agreement to care for the older man. It also emerged that he was wanted by the US Marshal's service for failing to register as a sex offender in a case in Illinois that dated back to more than a decade.
Detectives soon learned that the 32-year-old had traveled to New York City and notified the NYPD about the case before flying north to assist in his search.
According to The New York Post, Gibson was arrested at around 9:35 am on May 5 in New York, after a police officer and a sergeant from the NYPD's Transit Bureau spotted him on the southbound L train platform at First Avenue Station.
A law enforcement official said when they tried to take him into custody, Gibson reportedly took a fighting stance and became combative in a bid to avoid capture. The two officers briefly struggled with him before taking him into custody, with one of the officers injured during the scuffle.
He was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and as a fugitive in another state, as well as violating probation for failing to register as a sex offender, though his confessions to other several further murders will mean that the charges will be ramped up.
ABC News reported that, during the course of his interview with the Miami Beach Police in New York, the 32-year-old confessed to six more murders in Florida, Georgia, and California. "In that interview, he admitted to his involvement in the murder of Mr. Stocker," said Miami Beach public information officer Ernesto Rodriguez in a press release.
"We also recovered physical evidence to support the murder charges that will be filed against him once he is returned to Miami," he continued, adding, "Mr. Gibson also made additional statements about his involvement in six other murders during earlier times in his life."
The Miami Beach police have said they will be "working with law enforcement in these locations in an attempt to determine the credibility of his statements," and that the investigation will be a "lengthy process."
Gibson is still in New York awaiting extradition to South Florida.