Suspect in South Charlotte Double Murder-Suicide Had Long Rap Sheet
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – All quiet a day after tragedy in a South Charlotte neighborhood.
Police say 23-year-old John Bocek forced his way in the back door of a home on Glen Abbey Way, near Providence Country Club, around 3:00 a.m. Sunday.
Inside he shot and killed 15-year-old Jenna Hewitt and 51-year-old Matthew Chaplin.
Hewitt was visiting Chaplin’s 16-year-old daughter Kate.
She escaped and ran next door to call 911.
Police say she had a relationship with Bocek but wouldn’t give details.
WCCB Charlotte spoke with Chaplin’s older sister Zoe about losing her dad, which she says comes just a few years after their mom died.
“He was really trying to be mom and dad to make up for the loss and tragedy that we’ve already had to endure,” Zoe says.
She says her younger sister was very close with the teen who died.
“It’s such a rarity to have those types of relationships, and I think Kate is going to have to deal with two very big losses in her life,” Zoe says.
Bocek was wanted for assaulting the 16-year-old last week and taking her phone.
In 2017, police say he spent 45 days in jail for assaulting and communicating threats against another woman.
A warrant says Bocek dragged her out of her car, “…striking said victim numerous times on her body with a closed fist leaving bruises on her legs.”
Another warrant says he called and texted her saying, “I’m gonna kill you, you have 2 hours to get my stuff, if you don’t I’m gonna show up and kill you.”
“I don’t know if she had any idea of what his history is, I would like to think that if somebody did know a history like that, they wouldn’t get involved in a relationship,” said Major Cam Selvey, with CMPD.