BREAKING: Police Arrest Three for Murder of 87-Year-Old Arlington Man

by ARLnow.com January 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm 5,346 39 Comments

(L to R) Mack Leon Wood, Jean Pierre and Sapien Edmonds

(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) Arlington County police have arrested three suspects in the murder of an 87-year-old Arlington man.

Mack L. WoodOn Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, police found Mack L. Wood, 87, dead in his home on the 3700 block of N. Wakefield Street, in the Old Glebe neighborhood. Three days later, police announced that Wood’s death was “suspicious.”

Today, the Arlington County Police Department announced that three people have been arrested in connection with Wood’s death, which is now suspected to be a homicide.

Among those arrested was Mack’s 47-year-old son. Police records show he was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida, in the Tampa area, yesterday, Jan. 28.

From an ACPD press release:

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit has charged three suspects in connection with the suspicious death of an Arlington County resident. The investigation began when the incident was reported as an accidental death on the morning of October 13, 2012. The victim was identified as Mack L. Wood, 87, of Arlington, VA. His body was discovered inside his residence in the 3700 block of N. Wakefield Street by a family member.

After a thorough review of evidence, forensic examination, consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and an extensive investigation, three suspects were identified and apprehended without incident. The son of the victim, Mack Leon Wood, Jr., 47, was located by the United States Marshals Service in the Tampa, FL area and has been arrested and charged with first degree murder. Jean Caleb Pierre, 32, and Sapien Edmonds, 29, both of Henrico, VA have also been charged with first degree murder. All three suspects are currently being held without bond.

Wood’s death was the fifth reported homicide in Arlington County in 2012, after homicides in Shirlington, Hall’s Hill and on Columbia Pike.

  • Roquer

    An Outstanding job of investigation by Arlington Police!

  • pics, please

    • South Awwlington

      Ask and you shall receive.

    • Hee-Haw

      I think you commented on the wrong site…

  • South Awwlington

    To Kill A Parent – what kind of person has this capacity? FRY SUCKER.

    • Jake

      maybe the old man was a tyrant or a molester. If Adolf Hilter Jr. killed his father, would he be a monster, or a hero?

      • Steve

        Maybe he was a decent and honorable man and his son is a p.o.s.

      • Little One

        I know this guy. He happens to be related. The guy killed was a great guy. Best uncle I could ask for. He never deserved this.

        • Unknown

          I know it. I think that they killed for money.

  • jan

    Great work, Arlington Police!

    Meanwhile, Arlnow, what’s happening in the trial of J Martin ?

  • JustMe

    Good job ACPD!!! Sad we have so much evil in this country. We have so much here and yet tis not enough for some.

  • low tech

    I see that Bro File™ camera technology hasn’t made it to Hillsborough County yet

  • G Clifford Prout

    My grandpa died yesterday. I ought to know, because I shot him. So come, join me in the fight against patricide by killing your father’s father.

    • John Fontain


    • KathyInArlington

      Do us a favor and don’t comment any more, if that’s what you consider an appropriate comment for this web site.

      • KathyInArlington

        OK, OK, before I am admonished, I should have typed “anymore” rather than “any more”. Although both are in use, anymore is more commonly used today.

      • ARL-VA

        + 1000

  • Peacemagnet

    All my love and prayers to all the family and friends. You are not alone in your grief. I’m sure there are many, many Arlingtonians who are shocked and saddened by this. God bless Mr Mack Wood. http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Mack-Wood&lc=1143&pid=160501455&mid=5275834

  • Cletus Van Damme

    Dateline NBC needs to get on this. I curious to know what happened.

    • Patrick

      If only we had any journalism in Arlington.

  • Mike Honcho

    How many men does it take to snuff an octogenarian?

    • Keith Moon

      The same number it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop drop.


      My Thought Exactly!

  • Jessica

    obviously, the man had the two from henrico kill him for the insurance $$$… so sad.

  • ArlingtonEFC

    Is that Will Ferrell?

    • Bill

      Which arrestee is his son? I wish Arlnow would help its readers.

      • bobbytiger

        I’m sorry, but……….. that was kinda funny.

  • How evil to kill an elderly person and your own parent. Condolences to the family!

    • Erica C.

      Such a shame, I agree. Mr. Wood looks to have been a distinguished member of the Greatest Generation.

  • How sad to see the photos submitted for the obituary. The man fought in WWII (I presume from the photos) and he dies in a horrible way. What a horrible thing for his family to experience!

  • OnTheHill

    Apparently Mr. Wood’s younger brother Gene passed away in December. A sad year for the Wood family. http://www.oquinnpeebles.com/new_view.php?id=1969039

  • RM McFly

    I went to grade school AND high school w/Mack Wood Jr.!!!! Although we lost touch 30 years ago he was a good friend, a good guy . SO shocking!!!!!! Can’t believe it’s true! There’s got to be a reasonable explanation!

    • unknown

      I know for a fact that it was drugs and money that drove them to do this. Mack Jr. has been talking about his dad dying so he can get his interitance as soon as he found out that Mack Sr was dying. So sad!!!!!!

  • my condolences to his friends as well RM McFly. 🙁

  • A Stoll

    Such a tragedy ….. Prayers for the family, friends, and Arlington neighbors.

  • Brandon Wood

    That’s my father.

  • Stephanie

    I can barely bring myself to believe this.I don’t even know if I believe this. I know I haven’t seen you in a while but I’m so sorry Brandon.

  • Christian

    I’m so sorry for your lose. But your brother is a vary bad man. I belive that the guys did not do anything and it was all your brother idea. Sorry for everything but I know carter not that kind of person.


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