Son Suspect in Stabbing of Parents at Q Street Home: Father Dead, Mother Injured

Crime scene on the 3300 block of Q Street, NW, across from Volta Park.
Robert Devaney
Crime scene on the 3300 block of Q Street, NW, across from Volta Park.

An elderly man is dead and his wife is in stable condition after a double stabbing in their Georgetown home in the 3300 block of Q Street, NW, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, which was called around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The deceased was identified by police as 88-year-old Le Roi Elliott, who was stabbed to death. His wife, 81-year-old Vaughan Elliott, was taken to the hospital with injuries. The MPD also identified one of their sons, Bradford Elliott, 56, as the suspect in the double stabbing during an early morning fight and arrested him. He is reportedly mentally ill and lived in the Q Street home with his parents. Vaughan Elliott called 911.

Bradford Elliott answered the door with blood-soaked hands when police arrived, police told the Washington Post.

From first reports, police called the attack "domestic in nature." Assistant Police Chief Patrick Burke told the media: "The situation appears to be mental-health-related."

Georgetown-Burleith advisory neighborhood commissioner Ed Solomon, who spoke with the media at the crime scene, said, "This is something that could happen anywhere, whether it’s a mental health issue or something else going on. We don’t know. Of course, we are very concerned for our community.”

Neighbors are shaken by the news, and a few talked to the Elliotts' other son Reade who lives in Loudoun County, Virginia, and arrived at the house on Sunday afternoon. The home sits across from the Volta Park tennis courts. Two blocks east of the murder scene was the Q Street home of 91-year-old Viola Drath, killed in August 2011. Last week, her husband Albrecht Muth was convicted of murdering her.

This article was updated 8 p.m., Jan. 19.

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