Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was charged with murder in the deaths of the three women after police found him sleeping in a auto nearby. He obtained a large hammer, Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, head of the Nassau County Police Homicide Squad. He also was charged with trying to kill a fourth women.
The bodies of 58-year-old Lynn Vanderhall, 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall 29-year-old Janel Simpson were discovered early Saturday in a home on Perry Street in Hempstead.
"He went to the garage". He took a framing hammer from the garage, broke into the home and attacked the group of women, according to police.
He found Melissa and a second friend of hers on the staircase and hit them too.
The survivor, who wasn't identified, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Authorities said the three women were found dead inside the Vanderhall's Hempstead, New York, home of "blunt force trauma" at about 2:15 a.m.
Police say Vanderhall had a history of emotional problems.
According to police, Lynn Vanderhall had an order of protection against her mentally troubled son.
The police described Bobby as more than six feet tall and at weighing least 230 pounds. "Beautiful, outstanding people, that's what I want the world to know", said a family relative, Juanita Johnson.
Janel's father Dennis Simpson told the network that his daughter was a secretary at Northwell Health, a chain of healthcare facilities and used to work late hours.
Nassau cops are searching for a "person of interest" in what they described as the targeted killings of three women in a Hempstead home.
'These girls don't give problems, these girls just have fun, ' Simpson said.
Vanderhall was awaiting arraignment on three murder charges and an attempted murder charge. He is scheduled for arraignment on Sunday and is now being kept in Mineola in Nassau County.