13 August, 2017
According to police, Lynn Vanderhall had an order of protection against her mentally troubled son.
A man with a history of "emotional issues" used a hammer to bludgeon his mother, his sister and another woman to death in his Long Island home on Saturday, police said. Police have charged 34-year-old Bobby Vanderhall in the killings of his mother, 58-year-old Lynn Vanderhall, his sister, 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall and a family friend, 29-year-old Janel Simpson, said Nassau County Det.
The victims were all women, suffered blunt force trauma and authorities are searching for a person of interest, police told reporters. A fourth woman who was present at the home when the incident happened managed to escape and call the police who reached the home a few minutes later.
Detectives are continuing their investigation. Police said the suspect went to the living room and assaulted his mother, then attacked the other women.
'When he came here last night, the doors were secured and he became enraged, ' said Lt Fitzpatrick. "He went to the garage".
The attack is "possibly domestic", a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said.
Vanderhall had been kicked out of his mother's house and was homeless, according to Lt Stephen Fitzpatrick of Nassau County homicide.
It was not immediately known if Vanderhall has an attorney.