Long Island police investigate triple homicide in Hempstead

Long Island police investigate triple homicide in Hempstead

Bobby has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He then broke in through the basement and found his 58-year-old mother in the kitchen where he beat her with the hammer until she died, said reports. He also was charged with trying to kill a fourth women.

Bobby Vanderhall is accused of killing his mother Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall (left), his sister Melissa Vanderhall (right) and family friend Janel Simpson.


NBC 4 News, citing Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Homicide Bureau, reported that the suspect had been kicked out his mother's house and was homeless.

"His behavior became more unruly, more violent". "His mother had enough".

"The doors were secured and he became enraged", said Fitzpatrick.

Police found Vanderhall sleeping inside a parked vehicle, where he was arrested.

All of them were here in Venderhall's home in Hempstead when it happened. "He went to the garage, he obtained a large hammer". "With this framing hammer, he broke through the basement door".

A witness, Earl Sykes, 38, told the New York Daily News that he was driving home from the movies around 1:20 a.m. when the surviving victim sprinted between cars, barefoot and screaming, to jump on the hood of his vehicle.

Police say Vanderhall has a history of mental problems and a rap sheet that includes DWI and sexual abuse charges. Police said she was also 29 years old. "He's trying to kill us!", according to officials.

Denis Simpson said his daughter, Janel (pictured, March 2016), had worked late as a secretary at Northwell Health and then went to her friend's house to hang out.

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