Bobby Vanderhall, Hampstead Man Bludgeons Mother, Sister, Third Woman To Death

Nassau County and Hempstead Village police investigate the

Nassau County and Hempstead Village police investigate the

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. The fourth female victim - who was also struck with the hammer - was transported to a local hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

He's accused of flying into a rage when he showed up at the house around 2:15 a.m. Saturday and discovered the doors locked.

Nassau County police say Bobby Vanderhall was captured Saturday following the early morning slayings. He took a framing hammer from the garage, broke into the home and attacked the group of women, according to police.

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

. The three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend of Melissa was able to escape and call for help.

"The girls, who were all upstairs, heard what was going on in the living room", Fitzpatrick said, according to the paper. Police said she's 29 years old.

Candace Murray, 29, fought back and ran out of the house, CBS New York reported. She was hospitalized to be treated for wounds from the attack. Her daughter was a physician's assistant.

Police say Vanderhall had a history of emotional problems.

Authorities said Vanderhall's behavior had become more troubling recently, leading his mother to obtain an order of protection against him.

He has been charged with one count of attempted murder and three counts of second-degree murder and will be arraigned Sunday.

He had been arrested previously, including for DWI and sexual abuse, Fitzpatrick said.