Man charged for Canton area murders; North Royalton killings may be connected

Charges filed against George Brinkman in Stark County

BRUNSWICK - Authorities have confirmed the murders of three women in North Royalton and a couple in the North Canton area may be connected.

A man was arrested Tuesday following an overnight standoff related to the investigation of a triple homicide that occurred in North Royalton Sunday.

The man, identified as George Brinkman, 45, barricaded himself inside a home at the 3300 block of Valley Forge Drive in Brunswick overnight.

Brinkman has been charged in the deaths of a Canton area couple. He is also a suspect in the killings of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters, Kylie Pifer, 18, and Taylor Pifer, 21, of North Royalton.

According to reports, it's likely the three women were killed a day before their bodies were found on a bed inside their Ridge Road home Sunday.

On Monday night, the bodies of 71-year-old, Rogell John II and his wife, Roberta John, 64, were found inside a home at the 1300 block of Mt. Pleasant NW in Lake Township, just north of Canton. It has not been made clear when the couple died.

Stark County Court records show Brinkman has been charged with two counts of murder. The couple was shot, but an official cause of death has yet to be determined.

The Stark County Sheriff's Department said Brinkman worked for the couple and watched their home while they were on vacation. He also allegedly dated the Johns' daughter at one point.

A motive for the killings has not been determined.

North Royalton Police contacted the Stark County Sheriff's Department in search of Brinkman. Rogell John's son discovered the bodies and called 911 on Monday afternoon. In that call, John's son said he found the bodies in a bedroom, one on the bed and one on the floor, covered in blankets.

The Brunswick standoff lasted overnight until Brinkman was taken from the home in handcuffs. Police and FBI officers entered the home through an unlocked door. Police say Brinkman did not live at the home.

A woman inside the Brunswick home escaped unharmed.

No shots were fired, but a taser was used to bring Brinkman into custody. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

Though he is considered a suspect, Brinkman has not been charged in the killings of Taylor and her daughters as of early Tuesday afternoon. The Stark County Sheriff's Office believes the North Royalton killings were committed first.

Autopsies for Taylor and her daughters are scheduled today, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. A vigil in their memory has been planned for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at North Royalton High School.

Stark County authorities say there is no reason to believe Brinkman is responsible for any other murders. 

Watch video from a news conference held by the Stark County Sheriff's Office below:

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