Meet Dominick Anderson, 27, of Harlem, New York.
This handsome young man turned into a murderous young man on Wednesday, December 19th, after injuring his sister and bludgeoning his grandmother to death.
Anderson was known to emotional outbursts.
But none like the one that happened Wednesday.
The horror began when Anderson, while cleaning up for his grandmother’s home for Christmas, happened to find a shrine in his grandmother’s bedroom closet that contained a doll and a photo of him.
The discovery made Anderson believe that his grandmother, Beverly Holmes, 67, was enchanting voodoo spells on him.
Holmes, a practicing Buddhist, would chant in her bedroom closet every morning.
The chanting made Anderson believe that his grandmother was casting spells.
But this particular morning, Anderson, being off of his psychiatric medicine for a few days, began lashing out.
Holmes was in her sixth-floor Wednesday morning when Dominick Anderson got into a fight with his sister, Simone Anderson. When Holmes tried to break up the fight, Anderson flew into a rage and attacked her with the elephant statue, according to the NYPD.
“Blood was dripping down their faces,” Dominick Anderson’s mother, Mary Anderson said.
Dominick Anderson continued attacking his family until a team of cops arrived to intervene, police said.
That’s when Anderson unleashed his fury on the officers, his relatives and police said. Six cops were injured, including one whom Anderson allegedly struck in the head with the elephant statue.
By the time cops detained Anderson, Holmes was critically injured and had to be rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, authorities said.
She died a short time later.
The officer with the head injury was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he was stable, police said Thursday. Five other officers were also taken to hospitals to be treated for minor scrapes and bruises.
Anderson and his sister were also taken to Harlem Hospital Center. Both were in stable condition.
“It’s a family tragedy,” Mary Anderson said.
Mary Anderson said that Wednesday’s attack was shocking, but not unexpected.
“My son’s got psychiatric problems,” she said, adding that he recently stopped taking medication to treat his psychiatric issues because he believed it hindered his ability to care for his 5-year-old daughter.
The night before the alleged attack Dominick Anderson seemed off, his mom said.
“He was just not his normal self,” Mary Anderson said.
Naisha Anderson said her brother had a history of similar incidents, including one in 2010 that she said also drew a police response.
“He was paranoid and started walking the ledge of the building,” his sister claimed.
Naisha Anderson said that Wednesday’s mayhem erased whatever good will she had for her brother.
”I have no sympathy or remorse for him,” she said. “He’s gonna get what he deserves.”
Cops formally arrested Anderson Wednesday evening and charged him with murder, assault, criminal possession of weapon and resisting arrest, police said.
I continue to say over and over again that the mental health issues in the United States needs to be fixed.
Not taking care of the mentally disabled puts us all at risk.
I am not going to make an excuse for this young man’s crime, but to say that his mental health issue is not a factor would be irresponsible.
I tell you.
The U. S. should be ashamed.