Missing teen’s father arrested on six charges

Mr. Hadsell: "I didn't have anything to do with her disappearance"

Wesley Hadsell, father of missing Anjelica Hadsell, arrested on unrelated charges the same day crews search for his daughter. WAVY Photo

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The father of missing 18-year-old Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell is locked up on six charges unrelated to the disappearance of his daughter.

Wesley Hadsell, 36, was taken into custody March 21 after being interrogated by police for more than 15 hours, he said.

Video: Jailhouse interview with Wesley Hadsell

Hadsell was arrested on four charges of obstructing justice, one charge of possessing ammunition after a felony and one charge of breaking and entering.

“I’d do anything for my daughter, my wife, my kids, and they make it sound like I’d do anything to keep myself out of trouble,” said Hadsell.

His arrest comes on the same day police and search crews spent more than 12 hours combing through a heavily wooded area along South Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.

Police are not ruling out foul play, but they say they have no suspects. Hadsell is convinced his daughter was taken, which is why he said he broke into the home of a person he believes took his daughter against her will March 2.

“I couldn’t sit a minute away from where my daughter may have been,” Hadsell said from the Norfolk City Jail.

Hadsell admitted to breaking in and spending roughly 18 minutes inside the home, where he tore through trash cans and peeled back parts of the carpet. He said he even punched the family dog out of anger. He claimed to have discovered a clue upon searching through the resident’s furniture.

“I found my daughter’s jacket in his couch, rolled up behind the cushion,” said Hadsell.”I was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket, I didn’t plant the jacket, I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there.”

The Search for AJ Hadsell

It was during a search of Hadsell’s hotel room where he said Norfolk police found 72 rounds of nine-millimeter ammunition. Hadsell doesn’t deny any of the charges or having a lengthy felony criminal record.

“[I] made mistakes,” he said. “I’ve been out of trouble for over 10 years, and I do have successful employment at a business and stuff like that and a good family.”

Hadsell calls himself a changed man and calls the disappearance of his daughter “overwhelming.”

“I want my daughter home,” said Hadsell. “That’s what I want and that’s all I want. Anybody who wants to say something about that or get in the way of that, then I’m sorry. So what, some ways are unorthodox. I didn’t have anything to do with her disappearance. I don’t know where she’s at.”

Family members told 10 On Your Side Hadsell was last seen on Millard Street in Norfolk March 2 around 2 p.m. by a neighbor.

Hadsell has been appointed a public defense attorney and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 29. Hadsell appeared in court on April 7 on a misdemeanor charge of killing or maiming an animal.

Those with information about Anjelica Hadsell’s disappearance are asked to call Norfolk Police Detectives at 757-664-7026 or the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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