A Utah man allegedly told police he had killed "The Terminator" after he was arrested covered in blood following the beating death of a homeless man.
Police say William Bradley was on a methamphetamine binge when he killed a transient stranger, whose “brutally” beaten body was found in a Salt Lake City apartment last Friday.
Police were called to the Jefferson School Apartments near the city's downtown around 1 p.m. on April 10 after a property manager reported a stolen golf cart. Bradley, 54, had “blood all over him” when authorities detained him, the document stated.
The 54-year-old told officers he had battled “the terminator and killed him,” according to the probable cause statement obtained by Oxygen.com, referencing the futuristic cyborg portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 film, "The Terminator."
“When Mr. Bradley was approached by police officers he was with a golf cart, officers were asking him what had happened and he stated that he had ‘been in a fight with the terminator and killed him,’ Christina Judd, a spokesperson for the Salt Lake City Police Department, told Oxygen.com. “[It was] very bizarre.”
Upon inspection of Bradley’s apartment, investigators discovered 58-year-old Robert Carter’s body. Police suspect he beat the homeless man to death with his bare hands.
“It was pretty brutal but there was no weapon used,” Judd described. “Upon entering, the officer saw the body of a man on the floor, covered in blood. It was extremely violent.”
The two men had “no relationship,” didn’t live together, and weren't known to each other, the police spokesperson said. It’s unclear how Carter’s corpse wound up in Bradley’s apartment. Judd described Carter as a “transient.”
“We believe at the time of the murder he was an unsheltered person but it’s still under investigation as to why he was with William Bradley,” she added. “They didn’t leave together and there was no ties to them in any other way that we could find so it really is kind of a mystery how they ended up in the same apartment together.”
Bradley was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a hospital where he assaulted hospital staff and was sedated “due to his violent behavior,” the probable cause statement alleged.
“He became very combative,” Judd explained.
Doctors suspected Bradley was using methamphetamine and hadn’t slept in days. He later “refused” to stay awake while being questioned by detectives, investigators said.
Bradley was also arrested on five counts of assault, which included alleged attacks on a police officer, ER doctor, and security guards, according to online jail records.
Formal charges haven’t yet been filed against Bradley. However, prosecutors confirmed his case is being actively reviewed.
“We are still screening the case,” a spokesperson for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office told Oxygen.com.
Bradley is being held on a $1,021,040 bond, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
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