Fort Worth man accused of killing ex-wife indicted on aggravated kidnapping charge

03/24/2014 4:27 PM

03/24/2014 4:29 PM

A man accused of killing his ex-wife and opening fire at police during a standoff in December in north Fort Worth has been indicted on a charge that he held a woman hostage, according to Tarrant County court documents.

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted John St. Angelo, 49, of Fort Worth on a charge of aggravated kidnapping along with murder and three counts of attempted capital murder.

Grand jurors returned their decision last week on the five charges, which police say occurred Dec. 30 and 31.

The standoff ended Dec. 31 after more than five hours when St. Angelo surrendered to police.

St. Angelo is accused of killing his ex-wife, Suzanne Parsons, 49, of Haslet, on Dec. 30 at her real estate office at at 4200 Heritage Trace Parkway in north Fort Worth. A co-worker told investigators that she saw St. Angelo stab Parsons with a large knife and flee, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

A woman told police that she had come home about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 30 and found St. Angelo at her house in the 6800 block of Permian Lane in Fort Worth. She told police that she had met him several months ago when he helped her move.

St. Angelo told the woman that he thought he had killed Parsons, police said.

The indictment accuses St. Angelo of holding the woman hostage by threatening her with a weapon during the 12 hours he was there. About 11 a.m. Dec. 31, the woman convinced St. Angelo that she needed to leave the house and she did, authorities said. After leaving the house, she called 911 to report that St. Angelo was there, according to a police report.

Police descended on the house on Permian Lane and the standoff began.

According to the affidavits, officers surrounded the house about 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Using a public-address system, police tried to persuade St. Angelo to come out.

Shortly before 2 p.m., St. Angelo, armed with a .22-caliber rifle, fired several shots out a window at SWAT officers who were near the front yard. Using a robot, officers pumped tear gas into the house.

Minutes later, St. Angelo went to the back of the house and fired several times at three veteran SWAT officers who were behind a plastic storage shed in the back yard.

The officers heard bullets “pinging” off a wooden privacy fence 4 or 5 feet away, according to the affidavits.

About 4:40 p.m., St. Angelo surrendered. He had wounds that police have said were self-inflicted and was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital.

As St. Angelo rode in a MedStar ambulance, a paramedic asked whether he was shooting at officers, and he replied, “Yes, I wanted them to leave me alone,” authorities said.

In an interview with detectives at the hospital after his Miranda rights were read, St. Angelo said he shot at officers because of the tear gas, according to the affidavits.

St. Angelo remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday with bail set at $1.75 million.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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