A month after an elderly man was found murdered with a sword inside his Miami Beach apartment, the registered sex offender wanted in connection with his death was found on a subway platform in New York City.
Nicholas Brent Gibson, 32, was spotted by law enforcement on Sunday morning on an L train platform, according to the New York Post. They recognized him as the suspect in the April murder of 77-year-old Eric Stocker, for whom Gibson was reportedly a caretaker.
Stocker had been dead for more than a week before cops were called to check on him after neighbor reported an odor emanating from his apartment, according to the Miami Herald. The paper reported that Stocker was killed with some sort of sword, which was used to mutilate him in an unusually gory scene. Police have not officially released specific information about the murder, but the weapon in question may have been a samurai sword, 7News in Miami reported.
Gibson is awaiting extradition to south Florida. He’s expected to be charged with murder in addition to assault of police officers, as he allegedly resisted arrest when he was spotted in New York City on Sunday. There was a struggle between him and NYPD officers, resulting in one officer being injured, according to WPLG in Miami.
Gibson was also wanted for violating probation for failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of a sexual assault in 2008, according to online records.
It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
A possible motive for the killing has not yet been released.
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