Friday, January 18, 2013

Dad arrested for murder of mom, abduction of 13-month-old son (Grand Prairie, Texas)

Dad is identified as LARRY FIKES.

Grand Prairie police arrest estranged boyfriend in woman's slaying

The Dallas Morning News Staff Writer
Published: 17 January 2013 04:50 PM

Update at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013

Grand Prairie police have arrested Angela Bynum’s estranged boyfriend and the father of her child and named him as the suspect in her murder.

Police arrested Larry Fikes, 38, based on forensic evidence at the scene of the murder. Grand Prairie police and the U.S. Marshal Service worked together to take Fikes into custody around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Fikes is the father of Bynum’s 13-month-old son. The child is safe and in protective custody, police said.

The investigation is on going, police said.

Update at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2013

Grand Prairie police have identified the victim as 32-year-old Angela Bynum.

No suspect has been named in the murder, but police said the estranged boyfriend who had a child with Bynum is a “person of interest.”

Update at 8:27 p.m.

The father of the victim’s child is in custody on drug charges unrelated to this incident, a Grand Prairie police spokesman said.

Original post at 4:26 p.m.

Grand Prairie police found a woman dead in her apartment early Sunday morning and are investigating her death as a homicide.

Police responded to a call at The Claiborne Apartments near the 3400 block of N. Hwy 360 around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The caller had gone to check on her friend because she hadn’t shown up to work the night before. When the caller arrived at the apartment, she found her friend dead.

Police said the victim had been living with her 13-month-old son, who was later found with his father. The father has been assisting in the investigation, police said, and grandparents are now taking care of the child.

Neither the victim nor a suspect has been identified.

A Grand Prairie police spokesman said he was unable to comment further on the active investigation.