A doctor who Omaha police said fits "the elements of a serial killer" was arrested Monday in two double homicides, one of which had ties to Western Pennsylvania, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Former Creighton University pathology resident Anthony J. Garcia, 40, was arrested in Illinois on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder in an alleged murder spree that had ties to the pathology department, Omaha police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Monday afternoon at a news conference.
Dr. Garcia is suspected in the double homicide of Roger Brumback, the former chairman of Creighton's department of pathology, and his wife, Mary.
He was also arrested in connection with the March 2008 killings of Thomas Hunter, 11, and 57-year-old housekeeper Shirlee Sherman in the Dundee, Neb., home of William Hunter, another Creighton pathologist.
Dr. Brumback and Dr. Hunter were instrumental in Dr. Garcia's firing during his Omaha residency, according to a report from the Omaha World-Herald. Dr. Garcia was licensed to practice in Illinois and recently worked in Chicago.
Dr. Brumback grew up in Monroeville, graduated from Gateway High School and was a member of the inaugural class of Penn State University's medical school. His wife graduated from Bethel Park High School. The couple met at Penn State, where Mrs. Brumback studied pharmacy, before pursuing a law career.
They were found dead in their Omaha home May 14.
Dr. Garcia had been a resident at Creighton until he was fired what Chief Schmaderer characterized as "erratic behavior," the World-Herald reported.
Carol Brumback of Middletown, Md., said she was thankful that someone had been arrested in the deaths of her brother and sister-in-law and commended the diligent work of a multi-agency task force created to investigate possible ties between the 2008 and 2013 slayings.
"I feel so good that this person is not out on the loose. That's how the people in Omaha must feel, too," Ms. Brumback said Monday night.
But she added that does not change that her family members' lives were cut short.
"I'm not sure there's closure until we know this person has been tried and gets his justice," she said.
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