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Suspected Serial Killer Linked To Two More Murders In Pennsylvania
Keith Gibson's alleged crime spree started early in 2021, and officials are saying it may just be the tip of the iceberg.
A suspected serial killer accused of murdering multiple people in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including his own mother, will be facing two additional murder charges, authorities say.
Keith Gibson, 39, has been linked by Philadelphia police to the January slayings of shop owners Roy Caban and Eric Flores, who were fatally shot in the head at Al Madinah Traders in the city, according to KYW News Radio. Authorities say that a ballistics test tied the gun used in that shooting to several others allegedly committed by Gibson.
Last week, Gibson was charged with 41 felonies in Delaware, including two murders perpetrated over a three-week period, according to a press release from Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings. Gibson is also facing previous charges for two other murders in Pennsylvania.
“This indictment lays out one of the most vicious, staggering crime sprees I’ve seen in my career,” said Jennings. “It is even more disturbing to think, based on what investigators have revealed in Pennsylvania, that this may just be the tip of the iceberg.”
The Delaware victims are Leslie Ruiz-Basilio, 28, and Ronald Wright, 42. Video footage showed what appeared to be a masked suspect shooting Ruiz-Basilio to death on May 15 at a Metro PCS store where she worked in Elsmere, Delaware, according to local station NBC10 in Philadelphia. The suspect robbed her before fleeing in her vehicle.
On June 5, authorities say a suspect fitting Gibson’s description robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts in Philadelphia before shooting the manager, Christine Lugo, to death. The suspect got away with $300, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore.
The next day, back in Delaware, Gibson allegedly killed Ronald Wright during a street robbery.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has also charged Gibson for the murder of his mother, Christine Gibson, 54, according to CBS Philly. Christine Gibson was shot to death at her place of work. Her colleague, Linda Osuigwe, discovered the body.
“We were suspicious, but we had no proof,” Osuigwe said in regards to Keith Gibson being a suspect.
Now, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman says they will charge Gibson with the January murders of Eric Flores and Ray Caban once Gibson is extradited from Delaware, according to KYW News Radio. It is not clear when that will take place.
“The charges in this indictment reflect the brutal nature of this individual’s crimes,” said Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy in the Attorney General’s press release. “As well as the significant risk he posed to public safety in our community and throughout our region.”
Gibson was finally apprehended after a Rite Aid cashier snuck a GPS tracker into Gibson’s bag during an alleged robbery, as Oxygen.com previously reported.
Gibson remains in Delaware is being held on $305,000 cash-only bail.