From: Chief Richard A. Butsko Jr.  

May 20, 2020

On May 19, 2020 at about 10:00 p.m., officers of the Grove City Division of Police responded to Motel 6, 1900 Stringtown Road, on the report of an injured male. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male with a fatal gunshot wound.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jackson Township Fire Department medics.  Witnesses stated the deceased male had been shot by another guest of the motel after an argument.

Investigators positively identified the suspect as Robert A. Perez III, DOB 06/02/1999, with a last known address of Obetz.  A murder warrant was filed for his arrest through Franklin County Municipal Court.  Perez was also found to have the following active warrants:

Cuyahoga County

  • Robbery (3 Counts)
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Theft
  • Receiving Stolen Property

Franklin County

  • Receiving Stolen Property (Probation Violation)

Wooster Police

  • Aggravated Menacing

Richmond Heights

  • Theft

Grove City officers conducted a manhunt for Perez and at approximately 7:40 a.m., Grove City officers located Perez hiding in the 2000 block of Winslow Drive of Columbus.  Perez was arrested without incident and is being held at the Franklin County Jail.

The victim is not being identified at this time until next of kin is notified.