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SAN DIEGO : Suspect in Slayings of Sailors Arrested

San Diego County Digest

April 03, 1992

An 18-year-old sailor was arrested at a Las Vegas hotel in connection with the slayings of his two roommates in their City Heights apartment, police said Thursday.

Christopher Welters was arrested by Las Vegas police at the Circus Circus, where a Jeep Wrangler owned by one of the victims was also found, authorities said.

Thomas J. Gulka, 22, of Ohio and Thomas W. Grant, 22, of Florida were discovered Tuesday night in the apartment they shared in the 4800 block of Lantana Drive. Both men had been shot in the head. No motive for the slayings has been determined, police said.

Welters, a crewman on the amphibious transport dock Cleveland, has been identified as the lone suspect in the case, Sgt. Fred Moeller said. Two detectives from the San Diego Police Department are expected to return Welters to San Diego today.

Moeller declined to detail what led to the arrest.

Gulka and Grant were crewmen on the amphibious assault ship Tarawa, authorities said.

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