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Murder suspect jailed on $1 million bond

Cary Ashby • Jul 30, 2018 at 9:00 PM

BELLEVUE — Authorities have identified the suspected murderer who reportedly shot a 44-year-old man Sunday night in the hallway of a Bellevue apartment building.

“The person who was arrested is John (J.) Frost,” Bellevue Municipal Prosecutor David Claus said.

Frost, 58, of 113 Thomas Drive, Apt. H, Bellevue, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony. Claus said the suspect first was detained in a cell at the police station and then transported to the Sandusky County Jail, where he is being held on a $1 million bond.

“He has been assigned a court-appointed attorney by the name of Cindy Welty,” the prosecutor added.

The site of the suspected murder, Bryn Mawr Apartments, is in Sandusky County.

The victim is 44-year-old Curtis Gibbs. Neighbors said in separate interviews Monday they didn’t know Gibbs and they don’t believe he lived in the apartment complex, but it was common for Frost to sit in front of his building as other tenants often do. 

“It was a surprise,” said Cody Patchen, who lives in a nearby apartment. “He (Frost) was friendly to everyone here.”

Police dispatchers received several 9-1-1 calls about gunshots being fired in the hallway of 113 Thomas Drive about 9:43 p.m. Sunday. When officers arrived, they found Gibbs on the ground in the hallway. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Authorities recovered two handguns. Police have said the preliminary investigation revealed multiple shots were fired from two guns — one of which belonged to the victim. When the Reflector was at the station Monday asking for Chief Mark Kaufman, he couldn’t be reached for comment and police declined to provide additional information outside of the prepared statement.

It’s unknown how Gibbs and Frost might know each other. Frost’s neighbors said they heard the shooting could have been the result of a drug deal gone bad.

“I can’t confirm or deny that,” said Claus, who added he expects authorities to know more as the ongoing investigation continues to unfold.

Police received assistance from the Sandusky and Huron county sheriff’s offices and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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