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Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

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Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

The manhunt for a former Maryland police officer accused of abducting his two daughters ended Thursday, Nov. 18, with him, a lady and two kids fatally shot in an obvious murder-suicide, police mentioned.

 

Former Baltimore County law enforcement officials Robert Vicosa, 41, suspended Baltimore County police Sgt. Tia Bynum, 35, and two younger kids believed to be Vicosa’s daughters had been discovered with gunshot wounds in an SUV in Smithsburg, Maryland, after a police pursuit, Maryland State Police confirmed late Thursday, Nov. 18.

 

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Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

 

Vicosa was accused of abducting his daughters at gunpoint Monday, Nov 15, from the house of his estranged spouse in Pennsylvania’s Windsor Township, in addition to assaulting the spouse and stealing her automobile, police in that state had mentioned.

 

About 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police tried to cease a Ford Edge that matched the outline of a automobile utilized in a number of crimes, however the driver continued throughout the Maryland state line, veered off the highway and crashed right into a fence line.

 

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Maryland troopers tried to make contact with the folks inside, however broke a window after getting no response. Bynum was discovered within the driver’s seat, and Vicosa and the 2 kids had been within the again seat, Maryland police mentioned. All 4 had been shot.

 

Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

 

Vicosa, Bynum and one of many kids had been pronounced lifeless on the scene, and one youngster was taken to an area hospital, the place she died, Maryland police mentioned.

 

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State police mentioned there was no motive for the taking pictures, which they described as an obvious murder-suicide.

 

Police imagine Vicosa kidnapped his daughters, Giana, 6, and Aaminah, 7, in Pennsylvania and took them on a collection of gunpoint crimes.

 

Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

 

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Vicosa’s estranged spouse informed police that she was assaulted Sunday, Nov. 14, by Vicosa, who held her at gunpoint and fled with the women.

 

Police mentioned Vicosa additionally kidnapped a person at gunpoint Wednesday, Nov. 17, within the Cockeysville space, about 14 miles north of Baltimore.

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Vicosa and Bynum carjacked the person and compelled him to drive to varied places earlier than they launched him with out hurt, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt mentioned.

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Vicosa and the women had been additionally seen Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Felten, Pennsylvania, simply over the Maryland border.

 

A girl there informed WBAL that Vicosa was hiding out in her camper and that when she found him, he held a gun to her.

 

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“He needed to tie me. ‘Something within the camper to tie you up?’ I mentioned, ‘No, I don’t.’ I mentioned, ‘Take my automotive’ (and) acquired my keys, gave them to him,” the lady informed WBAL.

 

He informed the lady that he didn’t like the way in which his spouse’s household was treating his daughters, and at one level he left them alone along with her, she mentioned.

 

“I mentioned, ‘Is your daddy going to harm me?’ She mentioned, ‘No, my daddy is sweet,’” the lady mentioned.

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The three ultimately left.

 

York Space Regional Police Lt. Ken Schollenberger mentioned this week that Bynum was an in depth buddy of Vicosa.

 

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After the reported abduction, police traced Vicosa’s cellphone, which got here again to Bynum’s house, Schollenberger mentioned.

 

Police interviewed her however she was not forthcoming. Once they later returned with a search warrant, Bynum and her automotive weren’t there, he mentioned.

 

Bynum, who labored within the police division’s felony investigations bureau, was terminated Wednesday, Nov. 17. Vicosa was a sergeant earlier than he was demoted to officer and finally fired this 12 months.

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Three feminine officers had accused Vicosa, who used to go by Robert Brown, of “viewing inappropriate movies of their presence, making inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature, and leering,” in line with police division data

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