Grove City police arrested an Obetz man May 20 and charged him with murder in connection with the death of a man found dead of a gunshot wound the previous night at Motel 6, 1900 Stringtown Road.

Robert A. Perez III, 20, whose last known address is 1727 Marlboro Ave. in Obetz, was located about 7:40 a.m. May 20 while hiding in the 2000 block of Winslow Drive in Columbus, police said.

He was taken into custody without incident and driven to the Franklin County jail, said Grove City police Lt. Jason Stern.

Perez is expected to be indicted within the next 10 days, Stern said.

The victim is Derrick Schneider, 41. Court records from 2019 list his residence as the “streets of Columbus.”

Officers responded about 10 p.m. May 19 to the motel on a report of an injured man. There, they found Schneider with a fatal gunshot wound, reports said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Jackson Township Fire Department medics.

Witnesses told police Schneider had been shot by another motel guest after an argument, reports said.

After filing the murder warrant for Perez through Franklin County Municipal Court, police discovered he also had several active warrants from multiple jurisdictions, Stern said.

Perez had warrants for three counts of robbery, aggravated robbery, theft and receiving stolen property from Cuyahoga County; receiving stolen property (parole violation) from Franklin County; aggravated menacing from Wooster police; and theft from Richmond Heights.

Schneider’s death is the first homicide in Grove City since Reagan Tokes was killed Feb. 8, 2017.

Tokes, 21, was kidnapped after leaving work in the Short North. Her body was discovered by a passerby Feb. 9 near the entrance of Scioto Grove Metro Park in Grove City, where she was shot and killed after being raped.

Brian Golsby was convicted in March 2018 on nine charges for the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of Tokes and sentenced to three life sentences with no chance of parole.

On Feb. 23, 2018, David A. Wells, 46, died when he was shot by another man after an altercation inside Walgreens, 2110 Stringtown Road. No charges were filed after a grand jury found the shooting was committed in self-defense.

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