Co-workers heard “blood-curdling screams” coming out of the office of Suzanne Parsons, and one of them saw Parsons’ ex-husband stabbing her with a large knife, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Monday.
Just days before the Dec. 30 attack, Parsons told a friend that she was afraid of John St. Angelo after the two went through a bitter divorce, according to the affidavit.
St. Angelo remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday with bail set at $800,000. The 49-year-old Haslet man was arrested last week after a five-hour standoff with police in north Fort Worth.
The arrest warrant indicates that St. Angelo had been at his ex-wife’s Re/Max office at 4200 Heritage Trace Parkway painting a closet when the attack occurred.
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Witnesses told police that shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 they heard loud screams coming from Parsons’ office. Three female co-workers went to her door, but found it locked, according to the affidavit.
One of the co-workers unlocked the door after getting a key and saw St. Angelo standing over Parsons, stabbing her with the knife, according to the affidavit. The same co-worker pushed a desk chair toward St. Angelo before the three witnesses ran out of the building.
Another co-worker told detectives that after learning of the attack, he approached Parsons’ office and saw St. Angelo walking away, apparently after crawling out a window.
While interviewing witnesses, detectives learned that Parsons had filed for divorce from St. Angelo in May after he severely assaulted her during a vacation in Mexico, where he threatened to stab her with an ice pick, according to the affidavit. Parsons obtained a protective order against St. Angelo, and the couple divorced in December.
On Dec. 27, one of the witnesses said she spoke to St. Angelo, telling him that his ex-wife was afraid of him, the affidavit states.
St. Angelo told that witness Parsons “would be dead if I wanted her to be dead,” according to the affidavit.
St. Angelo was charged with murder in the case Saturday.
Police investigating Parsons’ death learned of St. Angelo’s whereabouts about 11 a.m. Dec. 31 when a resident in a house in the 6800 block of Permian Lane called to report that he was there, according to a police report.
The resident said she said had come home about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30 to find St. Angelo at her home. She told police that she had met St. Angelo several months ago when he helped her move, according to the report.
St. Angelo told the woman that he thought he had killed Parsons, the report stated. Police have declined to comment on why the woman waited about 12 hours to call authorities.
As police tried to arrest St. Angelo at the house on Permian Lane, he fired several shots at officers on the morning of Dec. 31. Police did not shoot back but called for a SWAT team, police said.
The officers who were fired upon could be heard on the radio saying that the man in the house was “ranting and raving” and at one point was threatening to “pull the trigger” if they entered the house.
After SWAT officers used a robot to pump tear gas into the house — and after talking to St. Angelo by phone — he walked out of the house about 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 31.
He had been shot in the face, a wound that police said was self-inflicted. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he stayed a few days before being transferred to the Tarrant County Jail.
This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.