by Kate Shunney
Officers with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department have arrested the man suspected of murdering a Morgan County resident in his home late last week.
Ian Patrick Bosben-Grayson, 30, of Randallstown, Md. was arrested without incident on Tuesday morning, March 14, in a parking lot in Charles Town around 9 a.m., said Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Victor Lupis made the arrest after U.S. Marshals detected the license plate of the murder victim’s vehicle at a shopping center near the Charles Town racetrack.
Bosben-Grayson was wanted for homicide in the death of Geoffrey Thomas Reed, 75, of southern Morgan County.
Reed was killed in his home sometime between Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10.
Bosben-Grayson was known to be driving Reed’s vehicle on March 10, according to surveillance video.
Bohrer said his department enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals on Monday evening after investigators identified Bosben-Grayson as their main suspect and released his photo to the public.
Bohrer said federal officers started tracking the suspect’s movements through cell phone usage and license plate readers.
Morgan County investigators were on their way to Jefferson County to interview the suspect on Tuesday morning. Members of the department had already interviewed the victim and suspect’s family members and neighbors as part of their investigation.
Sheriff Bohrer said Bosben-Grayson and Reed knew one another from a church mentorship program that the suspect attended as a teen. Reed was his mentor at the time, said Bohrer.
Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said deputies were initially called to a residence on Clear Spring Lane off Pine Grove Road in southern Morgan County around 2:20 p.m. on Friday, March 10 for the report of a deceased person.
According to Sheriff Bohrer, police were told the deceased man’s girlfriend had not been able to contact him on Thursday or Friday, so she traveled to his Morgan County home to check on him and found him dead. Reed lived in his home alone in a wooded subdivision.
Reed is believed to have died as a result of severe blunt force trauma. A post-mortem examination was to be underway on Monday in Charleston at the Office of the Medical Examiner.
Lt. Seth Place is the lead investigator on the case. The investigation is ongoing.