A man who allegedly fatally stabbed his girlfriend also used FaceTime after the attack to call the victim’s father to tell him what had happened while she lay dying on the floor, according to officials.
DeAngelo Clark, 30, is accused of having a video call with Kiara Alleyne’s father from Alleyne’s home, reported WESH on Sept. 19. Clark told the father that Alleyne had the knife, but before dying she told her father that Clark was the one with the knife.
According to local ABC affiliate WFTV, the father called deputies for help after the FaceTime call ended.
Marion County Sheriff’s deputies said there was an unusual conversation between Clark and the father. Officials said he could see his daughter lying a pool of blood, WESH reported.
Deputies said Clark, after stabbing Alleyne to death, escaped with her baby, prompting an AMBER Alert.
The officials also suspect that he attempted to set the woman’s house on fire. Investigators found a cloth hanging out of the oven and also detected a strong aroma of lighter fluid or another accelerant.
Clark eventually dropped the baby off at a family member’s home before driving to the Florida Keys, WFTV reported. There, he allegedly broke into a home before stealing several items.
Clark then set fire to his vehicle and another home, police said, according to the station. As a result, he suffered severe burns.
“Right now, we are evaluating his condition medically, or detectives are on scene with him in Monroe County and as soon as he is able to transported back to Marion, we will bring him here to face charges,” said Cecelia Koon, of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
As reported by the Miami Herald, Clark had posted a message on Facebook after he allegedly killed Alleyne. He apologized to the victim’s family and said he would take his own life.
“Now I must end my life just know she tried to kill me she walked into I’m srry [sic] to her family,” he reportedly wrote.
On the previous day, the couple celebrated their second anniversary, the Herald reported.
Facts About Crime in the United States
Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).
The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.
The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.
The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.
While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.