Schuyler Lake

Schuyler Lake

The night before Dean Townsend Lake was last seen alive, his son was caught on a neighbor's surveillance video riding a bicycle and screaming obscenities by his father’s home, according to court documents.

The video is part of the case against Schuyler Townsend Lake who’s been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father. Dean Lake was found lying face down with facial injuries on a floor in his home at 422 S. King St., in Leesburg by his ex-wife Susan Lake on the morning of April 30, according to Leesburg Police Detective Mirza Kadric’s criminal complaint.

About 30 minutes after Lake discovered her husband’s body, Kadric wrote that Schuyler Lake was using his father’s credit card to buy two items at the Good Feet Store at 1601 Village Market Blvd., in Leesburg. Susan Lake said her ex-husband wouldn’t have allowed his son to use his credit cards, according to Kadric.

“Schuyler falsely identified himself as Dean Lake and was ultimately allowed to make the purchase as the business owner knows the Lake family. At the time of his apprehension, Schuyler was not wearing the same clothing as at The Good Feet Store a few hours earlier,” Kadric wrote. “While in police custody, Schuyler was observed to have several markings on his hands as well as an injury on his head that appeared new.”

Kadric also wrote that shoes Schuyler Lake was seen wearing on surveillance video at a “local establishment” on April 29 had what appeared to be blood on them when found in Dean Lake’s home. Schuyler Lake’s ID was also found in the bathroom of the home with what appeared to be blood on it.

Lake was killed two years after he said his son repeatedly punched him in the face in his home. The elder Lake had a swollen eye and a scratched neck, according to a Feb. 12, 2020, criminal complaint written by police Officer Justin E. Roberts. “Schuyler was found on the street with marks on his knuckles,” Roberts wrote.

Schuyler Lake, 21, was arrested without incident on April 30. He is due back in Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Dean Lake, a 57-year-old father of two, grew up in Alexandria, according to his obituary. He was a popular local brewer who started two brew pubs in Leesburg. "Friends and family will miss Dean for his witty conversation, coarse humor, and mostly good advice,” the obituary said.

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