Charged rapist and murderer of Ohio State University student is a convicted sex offender

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A 21-year-old Ohio State University student was raped and shot to death by a convicted sex offender who was released from prison in November, he was charged on Saturday.

Grove City police said in a news release that Brian Golsby, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery in the slaying of Reagan Tokes. Tokes was a fourth-year psychology major at Ohio State due to graduate in May, she grew up outside Toledo.

Toke’s murder solved:

Tokes’ was last seen leaving work at a Columbus restaurant Wednesday night, she was reported missing by her roommates and co-workers when she never made it home. Toke’s nude body was found on Thursday near a park entrance in Grove City.

Grove City Police Sgt. Chris White said at a news conference Saturday that Tokes was shot twice in the head. Golsby was arrested about 4 a.m. on Saturday after DNA evidence gathered in and around Tokes’ car identified him as a suspect.

White said that Tokes’ car was found near where Golsby was living in Columbus, and he believes Tokes came across Golsby shortly after she left the restaurant right before 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The charges against Golsby also were based on statements he gave to police as he gave them details of the night’s events that closely match what the police found. Golsby will be arraigned on Monday at 9 a.m.

Golsby’s past crimes:

Golsby registered as a sex offender after being released from prison. He pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and attempted rape charges in May 2011 and got sentenced to six-years in prison. Golsby raped a woman in front of her 2-year-old child, forced her to withdraw cash from an ATM, and then robbed her apartment.

The police stated that there’s no evidence of a connection between Tokes and Golsby, they believe that the first interaction between them is happened shortly after Tokes left work the night of her murder.

Statements by concerned parties:

Jeff McCrary, Tokes’ uncle, issued a statement on behalf of her family saying “We will always remember Reagan as a vibrant, loving young woman who embraced life. She made a positive impact on people, was enthusiastic about everything and brought laughter and joy to all who knew her. She had a genuine compassion for all people and anyone who knew her loved her.”

Michael Drake, Ohio State University President issued a statement saying that counseling and consultation services are being made available to students, faculty and staff across campus.