Nicholas Brent Gibson, a 32-year-old convicted sex offender, was taken into custody on Sunday. Gibson was wanted for the murder of 77-year-old Erik Stocker, whose body was discovered by neighbors on April 30. Authorities believe Gibson was working as Stocker’s health aide when he killed him, reportedly with a samurai sword. Once in custody, Gibson confessed to much more.
Police sources state, according to a report by the Daily Mail, that Gibson confessed to a series of other murders after he was arrested on a New York subway for suspicion of murdering Stocker.
Gibson told law enforcement officers that he was responsible for killing six other people in multiple states, including California, Florida, and Georgia. The murders date back as far as 1999, which would have made Gibson 12 years old at the time of the earliest killing.
“Mr. Gibson was interviewed by Miami Beach detectives after his arrest on Sunday,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, a Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson. “In that interview, he admitted to his involvement in the murder of Mr. Stocker.”
“We also recovered physical evidence to support the murder charges that will be filed against him once he is returned to Miami.”
Gibson also made additional claims regarding his involvement in six other murders during various points in his life.
“[Gibson] said these occurred in Florida, Georgia, and California,” said Rodriguez. “We are evaluating the information he has provided.”
“We will be working with law enforcement in these locations in an attempt to determine the credibility of his statements,” he continued.
“This will be a lengthy process. At this time, we cannot corroborate what Mr. Gibson has told us about his involvement in any of the other murders.”
Sources said Gibson was living with Stocker in Miami Beach at the time of the murder, possibly working as a health aide, but traveled to New York soon after.
Along with killing Stocker, he allegedly mutilated the body. Police reportedly discovered “an unusually gory scene” during the investigation into Stocker’s death, which began when neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from the residence and two community board members went in to check on Stocker, finding his body.
Gibson also stole Stocker’s wallet and credit cards. Sources say that Gibson used one of the credit cards to purchase a bus ticket from Miami to New York City.
Miami police informed the NYPD to be on the lookout for Gibson, stating that he was a person of interest in Stocker’s murder. New York police were able to track Gibson down after he used Stocker’s credit cards at several Manhattan locations.
Along with being a person of interest in Stocker’s murder, Gibson was also wanted for probation violations after reportedly not registering as a sex offender.
Gibson previously served seven years – from 2000 to 2007 – in Illinois for rape and, in 2008, received a four-and-a-half year sentence in Pennsylvania for rape.