Man wanted in death of Derby mother, son’s stabbing captured out-of-state

Charles Beck (photo from Texas County Sheriff's Department)

DERBY, Kansas– Police arrested Charles Alfred Beck, 40, a suspect wanted in connection to the murder of a Derby woman and the stabbing of her teenage son.

Derby Police Chief Robert Lee says Beck was arrested out-of-state.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports Beck was arrested Sunday night in Texas County, Missouri charged with a warrant for felony attempted homicide from Derby and driving while suspended in Pulaski County, Missouri.

State records show Beck’s rap sheet dates back to 2006 on convictions of violating a probation order and battery on a correctional officer.

“We consider him armed and dangerous,” said Robert Lee, police chief for Derby Police Department. “He is certainly someone that we need to talk to and located so that we can proceed forward with our investigation.”

Derby police were called out to a home in the 1400 block of N. Nixon for a disturbance Sunday morning.

When they arrived on scene, they founds several people inside of the home including the two victims.

“When they got there they discovered a teenage male had significant stab wounds to his throat and we also discovered in the house was an adult female who is now been declared deceased,” said Chief Lee.

The male victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition for his injuries, but is expected to be okay.

Investigators did not reveal how the woman was killed, but did say that beck was a resident at the home and he knew the female victim.

“He’s associated with that family at that address on Nixon,” said Lee. “That is also his address.”

Police did not release any further information on the case.


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