Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Suspect due in court in Hempstead slayings of 3 women

Suspect due in court in Hempstead slayings of 3 women

Police on Long Island are searching or a "person of interest" in the deaths of three women found inside a Hempstead, New York, home.

Police say the suspect, 24-year-old Bobby Vanderhall, returned early Saturday morning to his family's home in Hempstead, where he had previously been kicked out.

'He went to the garage, he obtained a large hammer.With this hammer, he broke through the basement door'.

He's also accused of bludgeoning another one of his sister's friends, 29-year-old Candace Murray, but she managed to fight back and leave the home.

The survivor, who wasn't identified, was hospitalized in stable condition.

The 34-year-old Vanderhall was arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall; and visitor Janel Simpson. His mother had recently filed for an order of protection against him. Bobby Vanderhall stayed in the house for a short time before fleeing, and was apprehended within a two-mile radius of the scene sleeping in a vehicle, said Nassau County Det.

Bobby Vanderhall, the son and sister of two of the victims, is charged with the murders.


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"He went to the garage". "She was covered in blood", said the neighbor.

Denis Simpson, Janel's father, said she had gone to her friend's house after working late as a secretary at Northwell Health, NBC reported.

A mother, her daughter and her daughter's friend were bludgeoned to death with a hammer in a house in Hempstead, police said.


He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who went to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning to visit Cuba in the fall.

'These girls don't give problems, these girls just have fun, ' Simpson said.

Vanderhall is charged with three counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is being held in Mineola and was scheduled for arraignment on Sunday.

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