Bank robber just out of prison killed Wake Forest wife, police say

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – There is a nationwide alert out for a Wake Forest convicted bank robber after his wife was found dead in their home, police say.


Police were asked to perform a welfare check on a resident of the 4400 block of Iyar Way and ruled the incident a “suspicious death” after a body was discovered late Tuesday.

A woman was found deceased by responding officers.

A convicted bank robber — who was just released from prison on Oct. 15 for the robbery of a PNC bank on Rodgers Avenue in Dec. 2013 — is suspected in the killing of his wife at the home.

“I would consider him dangerous.  Armed, we can’t confirm right now.  But definitely dangerous,” said Wake Forest Police Capt. Darren Abbacci.

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Lanson Paul Stalf is accused of killing 34-year-old wife Stephanie Lynn Autry in their home, police said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Stephanie’s body was found Tuesday night around 10:30 after the family’s nanny called police to check on Stephanie, police said.

Neighbors in the Shearon Farms subdivsion were stunned to learn one of their own was found dead in her home.

”Tragic.  I don’t really think you can put words into what happened,” said neighbor Byron Engelbrecht.

The couple’s child was not at home at the time of the slaying and is now safe, police say.

Byron Engelbrecht’s children played with Autry’s child and says it’s a tough conversation to explain to them what happened.

“You try and explain it in a way that doesn’t drive fear into them, but then it’s trying to make them understand there’s some very bad people out there,” said Engelbrecht.

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