Man stabbed, killed in La Plata
Suspect, the victim’s son-in-law, in custody
After allegedly stabbing his father-in-law to death and attempting to kidnap his daughter at knifepoint, police arrested a man as he attempted to drive away from the scene with blood still covering his hands, according to court records.
John Edward Yates, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the suspect, Deangelo Hemsley, 39, of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Prior to the incident, Hemsley had been separated from his wife for the last six months after she moved in with her father.
On the night of April 23,
Hemsley showed up to Yates’ La Plata home unannounced, entering through an unlocked door, charging documents state. He asked where his 12-year-old daughter was before confronting Yates in the basement.
The girl came downstairs and reportedly saw her father stabbing Yates, court records show.
Hemsley then allegedly tried to kidnap his daughter at knifepoint, forcing her into his truck, but she was able to escape.
Around 8:17 p.m., deputies of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the home located in the 12800 block of Yates Place and apprehended Hemsley as he tried to drive away from the scene. Officers noticed what appeared to be blood on his hands and reportedly discovered a blood-stained knife inside the truck, charging documents indicate.
Inside the home, they found Yates’ body with stab wounds to his upper body.
The investigation is ongoing.
Held without bond, Hemsley awaits his preliminary hearing scheduled for May 24, per court records.
Yates’ death marks the fourth homicide in Charles County this year.