A former police officer alleged to have kidnapped his daughters was found dead inside a car with a current Baltimore police sergeant late Thursday following a Pennsylvania crime spree, according to authorities.
Robert Vicosa, a former Baltimore County police officer, and Tia Bynum, a sergeant who was suspended from the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD) Wednesday, were found inside a grey Ford Edge on Wednesday along with Vicosa’s two daughters, Aaminah and Gianna, the Maryland State Police announced in a statement. All four occupants of the vehicle were found shot to death in what police believed to be a murder-suicide; Vicosa’s daughters were six and seven years old, respectively.
We are grieving tonight over the unfathomable loss of two innocent children in what is clearly a horrific tragedy and heinous crime.
Maryland State Police have begun what will be a thorough investigation into today’s events.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 19, 2021
“There is no motive known at this time for the shooting. Investigators on the scene located an assault rifle and other firearms in the vehicle,” police said in the statement. (RELATED: Portland City Council Unanimously Passes Budget That Bumps Law Enforcement Spending Up By $5.2 Million)
Vicosa and Bynum allegedly planned to terrorize Vicosa’s ex-wife before taking the two girls and proceeding to embark on a four-day crime spree across state lines, WJZ reported.
New: internal affairs record of fmr Baltimore Co police officer Robert Vicosa–now accused in PA of assaulting his ex and threatening another woman before taking his children–
shows he was guilty internally in 2019 of sexually harassing 3 women in the dept. He was fired in Aug pic.twitter.com/hb4roaW0jU
— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) November 18, 2021
The couple reportedly sedated Vicosa’s ex-wife, tied her up and abandoned her in her home for several hours, citing court documents. The pair then hijacked a vehicle on Wednesday and kidnapped another man, forcing him to drive them to various locations before eventually releasing him unharmed, WBAL reported.
Vicosa and Bynum both received previous disciplinary actions from the BCPD during their time as officers, according to WBAL.
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