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One survivor in overnight Long Island hammer attacks

One survivor in overnight Long Island hammer attacks

The victims were all women, suffered blunt force trauma and authorities are searching for a person of interest, police told reporters.

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

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

. "With this framing hammer, he broke through the basement door". He also was charged with trying to kill a fourth women.

"When he came here last night and it looked like the doors were secured, he became enraged", Fitzpatrick said.

'The family right now is distraught, ' said Juanita Johnson, a cousin of the Vanderhalls.

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"She was covered in blood", said Sykes, who called 911. He allegedly used a hammer from the garage to break into the home, and then used the hammer to fatally bludgeon the three women. Police said she was also 29 years old.

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 auto, said Nassau County Det.

Vanderhall was arraigned on Sunday, and is charged with three counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

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. It was revealed he had a history of mental problems and a criminal record that included sexual abuse charges and DWI. He is scheduled for arraignment on Sunday and is now being kept in Mineola in Nassau County.