GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – An arrest warrant released today in the homicide of Jaqueline Vandagriff, a 24-year-old Texas Woman’s University student, details what happened the night she met Charles Dean Bryant Jr at a bar.
Social media accounts, surveillance video and cell phone pings all put Vandagriff and the 30-year-old fitness trainer together in Denton where the two eventually went to Bryant’s home, and she wound up dead.
According to Bryant’s arrest affidavit, security camera footage first captured Bryant and Vandagriff together on the evening of Sept. 13 as they were leaving Fry Street Public House, a bar in Denton’s Fry Street area.
They walked a few doors down to another bar, Shots and Crafts. Security camera footage shows them leaving Shots and Crafts together at 9:45 p.m., according to the affidavit.
Around midnight, Vandagriff’s cell phone began pinging towers south of Denton after she and Bryant left Shots and Crafts. The last tower connection was made around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 near Bryant’s home in the 14000 block of Sand Hills Drive in Haslet.
Vandagriff’s body was found around 6:30 a.m. the next morning in Acorn Woods Park by firefighters responding to a fire in the area. After firefighters had extinguished the flame, they found Vandagriff’s body.
Her body was dismembered, placed inside a blue plastic kiddie pool with accelerant in it, the affidavit says.
The affidavit says Bryant has previously lived in Grapevine and has Facebook posts showing him check in at Horseshoe Trails, a park west of Acorn Woods, on Sept. 11.
Bryant has an active protective order against him regarding stalking and harassment complaints made by his ex-girlfriend. She told police Bryant had a blue plastic kiddie pool in his backyard, similar to the one Vandagriff’s body was found in. When police reviewed satellite maps of Bryant’s home, they saw a small kiddie pool.
Police noticed a round patch of dead grass where another kiddie pool would have been at Bryant’s home in Haslet, according to the affidavit. Bryant’s roommate, Tanner Beach told police Sunday that recently there were two kiddie pools in the backyard, but there was only one when he was questioned by police.
Police also found Vandagriff’s purse in the trash at Bryant’s home.
There was also evidence that someone had started to dig a hole in Bryant’s backyard, according to the affidavit. Video evidence shows Bryant buying a shovel around 4:40 a.m. on Sept. 14 at a nearby Walmart.
Bryant was arrested on Sept. 18 on a warrant based on the violation of the Protective Order out of Denton. He denied leaving the bar with Vandagriff.
Police said Monday they aren’t sure exactly how Vandagriff was killed. How Vandagriff and Bryant met is also not known.
Vandagriff tweeted the night she went missing about talking to someone on Tinder and deciding to walk to a bar instead of continuing to chat.
A candlelight vigil for Vandagriff will be held at Frisco Commons Park at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Bryant was charged with Capital Murder and his bond is set at $1 million.
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