The brother of gymnast Simone Biles was on active duty in the U.S. Army when he was arrested for allegedly shooting dead three people at a party.
Tevin M. Biles-Thomas, 24, was taken into custody at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Thursday over the New Year’s Eve shooting at an Airbnb rental in Cleveland.
He was arrested after the local sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to take a DNA cheek swab from Biles-Thomas following a request from authorities in Cleveland.
The results were then presented to a grand jury before an indictment was returned for him, WSAV3 reports.
He is charged with six counts of murder – three for directly causing another person’s death and three for causing someone’s death during the commission of a separate felony – three of voluntary manslaughter, five of felonious assault and a single count of perjury.
Biles-Thomas, who holds the rank of specialist, is a cannon crew member assigned to 3rd Infantry Division.
He joined the Army in 2014 and was deployed to Korea in 2018 as part of a rotational deployment.
Tevin M. Biles-Thomas, 24, was taken into custody at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Thursday over the New Year’s Eve shooting at an Airbnb rental in Cleveland
Biles-Thomas, who is in the Army, is seen left with an unknown woman and right with his sister, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles
Prosecutors say Biles-Thomas was part of an ‘uninvited group’ that attended a New Year’s Eve house party above a pizza shop in Cleveland’s Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.
A fight then broke out with guests and Biles-Thomas is accused of opening fire.
He is charged with six counts of murder, three of voluntary manslaughter, five of felonious assault and a single count of perjury
In the audio of the 911 call, obtained by TMZ, the caller can be heard telling police that a fight had broken out at a party and someone ‘just started shooting’.
While the caller said he didn’t see the gunman, he said he could see the victims clearly in front of him.
When asked if there was a lot of blood, the caller responded: ‘They’re both dead’.
DeVaughn Jerard Gibson, 23, and Delvante Johnson, 19, were found dead inside the Airbnb rental when police arrived at the scene.
Another man, 21-year-old Toshon Banks, died after being rushed to hospital.
All three had been shot multiple times.
Two others were injured in the shooting, including a 21-year-old man who was shot in the back of the head and a 23-year-old woman who was shot in the arm.
Authorities declined to elaborate on whether other gunmen were involved.
Biles-Thomas is the only person charged so far.
The shooting occurred in an apartment above this pizza shot, which was rented out on AirBnB
The AirBnB unit (above), which is still available for rental, charges $155 per night
Authorities did not give an explanation for the delay in making an arrest in the case.
Biles-Thomas is the brother of four-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles.
She has not yet commented on her brother’s arrest.
DeVaughn Jerard Gibson, 23, (pictured) and Delvante Johnson, 19, were found dead inside the AirBnb rental when police arrived at the scene. Another man, 21-year-old Toshon Banks, died after being rushed to hospital
In a tweet shortly after news of the arrest broke, she wrote: ‘Eating my feelings don’t talk to me.’
Biles and her brother were among several siblings raised by different relatives after their biological mother, who struggled with substance abuse, relinquished custody when they were young children.
The gymnast was eventually adopted along with her younger sister by their maternal grandfather.
Her brother went to high school in Cleveland.
It was not immediately clear whether Biles-Thomas had an attorney to speak on his behalf.
He is due to appear in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for arraignment on September 13.
The Airbnb unit where the shooting occurred, which is still available for rental, charges $155 per night.
The listing specifies that no parties of any kind are permitted.
Biles-Thomas is seen left at his 2013 graduation and right with sister Simone
Simone Biles celebrates after competing in the vault during the senior women’s competition at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships August 9, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri