Live updates: 4 people with connections to Pennsylvania, Maryland incidents fatally shot
A man, woman and two juveniles died of gunshot wounds Thursday afternoon in Maryland, a police spokesperson said.
"Pennsylvania State Police attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of one involved in a Maryland incident," Maryland State Police Public Information Officer Elena Russo said Thursday night. "The vehicle was on Ringgold Pike heading south toward Waynesboro, near the state line. Maryland State Police were waiting on the other side."
Russo said the vehicle crashed into a fence and stopped. Photos taken of the scene showed the vehicle on the grass beside the Washington County road.
There was no movement in the vehicle, a Ford SUV, and a layer of smoke prevented the crisis negotiation team to see inside. They approached the vehicle at 2:30 p.m. and forced their way into the car.
"They found a female driver, a male and juvenile who were in the back seat, dead of gunshot wounds," Russo said. "A second juvenile was airlifted to the hospital, but died of their injuries."
Russo didn't immediately identify the four people, but said they are "potentially related to one incident in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania."
She said more information would be forthcoming, possibly later Thursday night.
Dozens of emergency vehicles lined both sides of Ringgold Pike near Misty Meadow Road in Washington County, Maryland, at the end of an incident just after 2 p.m.
Greg and Kim Smith drove over near the scene from their home in Smithsburg.
This is a quiet, family-oriented area, Kim said while looking out at the scene from Barkdoll Road.
"Nothing like this ever happens in this area."
"When something like this happens, it comes from somewhere else," Greg added.
The Smiths came to see the aftermath after Greg and his daughter encountered police activity while driving through the area earlier. Their daughter has a learner's permit and was practicing being behind the wheel.
He described "30 to 40" police vehicles driving past them. What appeared to be an armored vehicle pulled up and a number of uniformed people jumped out, then gathered to talk, Greg said.
The U.S. Marshals Service Middle Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Robert Vicosa's capture and his daughters' recovery, it was announced Thursday.
Vicosa kidnapped his children from Windsor Township Monday and has been on the run with them since. His former coworker and friend Tia Bynum was also involved in the abduction.
Anyone with information regarding the location of the children and/or Vicosa should contact police immediately by calling 911 or the special tipline at 800-762-8187.
Police now believe Vicosa might be driving a gray Ford Edge with Maryland tag 2DT4716.
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Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt had a special plea for Tia Bynum, who was suspended from the department earlier this week.
"Our priority is the safety and well-being of Giana and Aaminah," Hyatt said at a news conference late Thursday morning in York. "Please get these two precious children to a safe location, somewhere with a responsible adult. We know you are tired. We want to work with you for a safe resolution."
Hyatt said Bynum was assigned to the criminal investigation bureau, and that anytime former or current law enforcement is involved in incidents like this, it brings about significant challenges.
"But I believe they will do the right thing. And that is bringing these two children to safety," she said.
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Additional help for York police
York Area Regional Police Lt. Ken Schollenberger said Thursday that federal resources are being brought in.
He wasn't specific about what that entails, but said it would be substantial.
His chief, Tim Damon, joined in the plea for the girls' safe return. He said that is their main focus.
Damon also thanked the community for the help in trying to bring the girls back safely.
Robert Vicosa suspected in kidnapping in Cockeysville, Md.
Robert Vicosa and Tia Bynum were spotted in Maryland on Wednesday afternoon.
And not in a good way.
Baltimore County Police Department tweeted at 9:33 a.m. that "Vicosa committed a kidnapping that occurred in the Cockeysville area this morning. He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and accompanied by Bynum and two young girls."
The two young girls would be Vicosa's daughters Gianna, 7, and Aaminah, 6, who he kidnapped on Monday from his home in Windsor Township.
Hyatt said they believe Vicosa and Bynum carjacked an individual Wednesday afternoon and forced the man to drive throughout the Baltimore area. She would not confirm if the girls were with them in the car.
She said the man was released uninjured, but didn't say if they took his vehicle. She couldn't say if the group was still traveling in Bynum's black Lexus GS350, or if they were in a different vehicle.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Robert Vicosa's work history dotted with improper conduct
Robert Vicosa had a checkered history with the Baltimore County Police Department.
Hired on Dec. 11, 2002, Vicosa was terminated by a trial board on Aug. 3, 2021, after numerous reprimands, according to a summary of cases provided by the police department.
Second officer charged in abductions
Tia Bynum, 36, of Windsor Township, has been charged with false imprisonment. She worked for the Baltimore County Police Department, but was suspended sometime after Tuesday afternoon, according to the department's public affairs office.
Vicosa worked for the Baltimore County Police Department for nearly 20 years, and reportedly had a record of disciplinary problems.
Police believe that Bynum is with Vicosa and his daughters, running from law enforcement, and both adults are armed and dangerous, according to an affidavit of probable cause.