BECKLEY, WV – Police were said to have arrested a 34-year-old male suspect during the early morning hours of March 18th for allegedly murdering a 7-year-old boy, with police alleging the suspect beat the child to death with a hammer.
Records: 'I just lost it,' man accused of murdering 7-year-old with hammer told policehttps://t.co/9OCzFgGaVX
— The National Desk (@TND) March 19, 2021
When police took 34-year-old Rashad Akheem Thompson into custody during the early morning hours of March 18th, he reportedly told police that he had “just lost it” prior to being placed into the patrol vehicle.
Beckley Police had responded to a residence located within the Lewis Ritchie Apartments located on Industrial Drive at approximately 2:45 a.m., initially discovering a 24-year-old woman having suffered a stab wound.
The female stabbing victim, later identified as Felicia Brown, had reportedly informed responding officers that her boyfriend, identified as Thompson, had stabbed her and that he was still inside of the apartment with her 7-year-old boy.
When officers entered the apartment, they’d reportedly witnessed a disturbing crime scene as the floor was covered in blood and the interior of the home a wreck.
Inside of the living room, police had reportedly located a hammer and the deceased boy’s body, later identified as Tre’shaun Brown, with the child having suffered what appeared to have been severe blunt force trauma to the head.
Prior to police arriving on the scene, the mother of the child had run over to her neighbor’s home after she was allegedly stabbed by the suspect – and pleaded with the neighbor to come and help her children.
Said neighbor ran to the home and was able to rescue her 2-year-old child, but fled once Thompson had reportedly emerged from the kitchen.
However, the neighbor had tried once more to get the 7-year-old boy after leaving the 2-year-old with the mother. Yet, when the neighbor reentered the home, she’d allegedly witnessed Thompson striking something on the couch with an object she couldn’t make out at the time.
It was later determined that the area of the couch where the neighbor has witnessed Thompson striking with a then-unknown object was the area where the young boy’s body was discovered.
Thompson has since been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, malicious wounding and two counts of domestic battery.
He’s currently being held at the Southern Regional Jail awaiting his arraignment.
As for Felicia Brown, she was transported to nearby hospital and was initially listed as being in critical condition.
An update from the Beckley Police Department notes that her condition has since improved after having undergone multiple surgeries.
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In other news related to disturbing homicides, two juvenile suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of a 53-year-old man that died as a result of being doused in an accelerant and set on fire.
Here’s that previous report from earlier in March.
ROCHESTER, NY – Two teenage juveniles are facing murder charges, as authorities allege that the suspects intentionally set a 53-year-old on fire while inside of the victim’s apartment earlier in March.
BREAKING UPDATE: Police say 53-year-old Steven Amenhause was intentionally set on fire Friday. Two teenagers, identified as 16-year-old Zayvion Perry and 14-year-old Adriel Riley Jr., are facing murder charges. https://t.co/PL6ktesLgt
— news10nbc (@news10nbc) March 16, 2021
In a rare instance, authorities have released the names of the juveniles allegedly behind the murder of 53-year-old Steven Amenhause that occurred on March 12th.
On March 12th, police say that 16-year-old Zayvion Perry and 14-year-old Adriel Riley Jr. had doused Amenhause with a flammable accelerant as he was sitting in a chair inside of his Lyell Avenue apartment and set him on fire.
The fire wound up covering 70% of Amenhause’s body with second-and third-degree burns.
Police had originally arrested Perry and Riley under charges of first-degree assault and second-degree arson with respect to the incident. However, those original charges were doled out while Amenhause was still alive.
On March 16th, Amenhause sadly succumbed to his wounds while being treated at hospital’s burn unit.
With said development in the case, Perry and Riley have now been charged with second-degree murder.
Captain Frank Umbino of the Rochester Police Department spoke about the victim during a recent press conference; noting how Amenhause was adopted as a child, and his wife passed away years ago and his longtime girlfriend just passed away this past October.
Captain Umbino went to explain why he was giving so many details about the murder victim’s life before his death:
“The reason I’m telling you a little bit about him, because there’s nobody else to speak for him.”
Amenhause apparently lived alone and has no surviving family members to mourn his death. Because of that being the case with the victim, in conjunction with the depraved nature of the offense, Captain Umbino says that this is going to be a case that sticks with him:
“I have seen a lot. There are a few cases that stick out. Seeing the pictures of this guy, knowing that he has no family around, just to speak for him…this is one that I’ll remember.”
Considering the age of the suspects, the two will have their cases heard by separate court systems within the state.
With Riley being 14-years-old, he will be prosecuted as a juvenile offender; and since Perry is 16-years-old, he will be prosecuted as an adolescent offender.
When it comes to how New York addresses criminal proceedings involving defendants under the age of 18, the state has essentially age brackets and numerous different court systems depending on an offender’s age and alleged crime.
When it comes to “juvenile offenders”, the state notes the following about how those cases are treated:
“A child who is 13, 14, or 15-years-old and is charged with committing a serious or violent felony offense listed in Penal Law 10.00 (18), is considered a Juvenile Offender.
These cases are heard in the Youth Part of the Supreme or County Court. Juvenile Offenders who are convicted after a plea or a trial are subject to less severe sentences than adults. Juvenile Offenders who are convicted will have a permanent criminal record unless the Court grants Youth Offender status.”
“Juvenile Offender cases can be transferred to Family Court if the Court determines that the transfer would be in the interests of justice. Upon transfer to Family Court, the child is then considered a Juvenile Delinquent.”
As for “adolescent offenders”, the state notes:
“As of October 1, 2019, a 16 or 17-year-old who commits a felony is an adolescent offender. This means that the case is originally heard in the Youth Part of the Supreme or County Court.
However, the case may be transferred to the Family Court, where the youth will be considered a juvenile delinquent and will be eligible to receive all the services and programs available to all juvenile delinquents.”
While both “adolescent” and “juvenile” offenders can have their cases transferred to Family Court – the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office has assured that neither one of these defendants will benefit from such leniency.
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