Suspected Grindr serial killer arrested after series of murders in Bilbao, Spain
Nelson David MB is escorted to a police car by Basque policemen. (Europa Press via Getty)
A man has been arrested in connection with a series of gay murders in Bilbao, Spain, after turning himself in to police.
It emerged last week that police in the Basque Country were looking for a suspected serial killer linked to at least four deaths in Bilbao, who allegedly contacted his victims on gay dating apps like Grindr.
The deaths were not originally treated as suspicious, but in October 2021, the family of one of the victims noticed that a large sum of money had been taken from his bank account after his death, according to Spanish news today.
Although the man had already been cremated, analysis of his remains revealed that he had traces of the date rape drug GHB in his system. As police investigated, they discovered that one of his last contacts was a man he had met on a dating app.
Shortly after, a survivor came forward and said a man he met on a dating app tried to strangle him. He managed to flee, and his attacker left behind a backpack containing identification documents and drugs, allowing the police to identify a suspect.
Bilbao’s LGBTQ+ community is on high alert, encouraging others to be vigilant when using dating apps.
Thursday, May 5, the suspect went to the police station in Irun.
Nelson David MB, 25, from Colombia, was immediately arrested, despite allegedly maintaining his innocence.
A spokesperson for the Basque Country police, known as Ertintza, said The mirror in a statement: “I can confirm that a man has surrendered to the police after being referred to in the media and WhatsApp groups.
“He was officially arrested after he surrendered. We don’t say why or where he was arrested.”
Four other deaths in similar circumstances, also initially treated as non-suspicious, are currently being investigated in other parts of Spain, El Mundo reported.