by The Chicago Times Staff

July 7, 2021

DELAWARE — Authorities in Delaware have charged a Pennsylvania man with murder after he was apprehended last month after a 3-week crime spree that prosecutors believe is simply the “tip of the iceberg.”

Keith Gibson, 39, was charged with 41 felonies on Tuesday, including two murders, an attempted murder, and assault, robbery, and other counts.

In a statement, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings said, “This indictment lays out one of the most vicious, staggering crime sprees I’ve seen in my career,”

Gibson is accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Leslie Ruiz-Basilio during a robbery at a Metro PCS store in Elsmere, Delaware, just outside of Wilmington near the Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey borders on May 15, according to authorities.

After fatally shooting 42-year-old Ronald Wright and assaulting another victim during a street robbery on June 5, he is accused of assaulting two more people and attempting to kill a third over three days before being arrested on June 8 in connection with a Wilmington Rite-Aid robbery.

Gibson, on the other hand, is being investigated for “in multiple murders committed in Pennsylvania earlier this year,” according to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.

Gibson was released from prison on Dec. 20 after serving a 13-year sentence for manslaughter and firearms-related charges, according to authorities.

Christine Gibson, his mother, was fatally shot in February, and Keith Gibson was charged with murder in Philadelphia on June 16 after his arrest in Delaware.

On the same day he is accused of killing Wright in Delaware, he is also accused of fatally shooting Christine Lugo, a 41-year-old manager at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in North Philadelphia.

Authorities have also filed charges in this case, alleging that he robbed the store of $300 before fatally shooting Lugo.