3 people die, 1 left injured in assault at Long Island home

Jim Staubitser

Sunday morning he will be arraigned on three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

The deceased have been identified as Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, 58, who was the suspect's mother; 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall, the suspect's sister; and 29-year-old Janel Simpson, who was staying at the home at the time, according to relatives.

However, interactions with her son had grown more frightening, and she had an order of protection against him. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick. Police say he had been removed from the house with emotional issues twice previously and taken to a medical center.

Police said Vanderhall then found his mother in the living room and started to bludgeon her with the hammer. "His mother had enough".

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

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


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.

All of them were here in Venderhall's home in Hempstead when it happened.

Neighbor Earl Sykes, 38, was driving home from the movies around 1:20 a.m. when the surviving victim - who was barefoot and screaming - jumped on the hood of his vehicle, the Daily News reported. "She kept saying, 'He's trying to kill us!"

Melissa and Janel Simpson, 29, were also pronounced dead at the scene.

He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who had gone to to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning a trip to Cuba in the fall.

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