Tevin Biles-Thomas the brother of famed Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles was arrested Thursday afternoon by agents from the Fort Stewart Criminal Investigation Division and is currently remanded to the Liberty County Jail according to Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes.
Sikes, and Detective Chris Reed said on Aug. 14, a request from the City of Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga, County was placed for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to obtain a sample of Thomas’s DNA. Reed said a cheek swab was conducted at the CID office on Fort Stewart with a warrant from the Cuyahoga County DA’s Office. The sample was returned to the requesting authorities and presented to the grand jury where an indictment was returned for Thomas.
Sikes said Thomas signed a document this morning before a magistrate clearing the way for his return back to Ohio.
According to the New York Post and other media outlets, Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested Thursday on murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury charges. Biles-Thomas was arrested in connection to a triple homicide that took place during a New Year’s Eve gathering last year.
Simone Biles, 22, a four-time gold medal champion on the U.S. gymnastics team, hasn’t directly commented on her brother’s alleged involvement in the crime, but indicated that she needed some space.
“Eating my feelings don’t talk to me,” she tweeted around 9:50 p.m.
The shooting happened in an Airbnb rental apartment above a pizzeria in the Brooklyn Centre section of the city, when a group of people showed up uninvited and were asked to leave, according to news reports.
Devaughn Gibson, 23, Delvante Johnson, 19, and Toshon Banks, 21, were each shot multiple times and pronounced dead after the gunfire. Two others were wounded but survived.
Biles-Thomas is in custody awaiting a Sept. 13 arraignment.
“The relentless persistence of Cleveland police homicide detectives helped secure an indictment in this case,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said in a statement obtained by Cleveland.com. “It is through their hard work that we can begin to seek justice for these victims.”