The Sierra Leonean teenager identified as Barba Koroma killed his 62-year-old father, Barba Koroma while he was driving before the SUV crashed into a fence. The boy stabbed his father who was pronounced dead on scene while he ran into the woods to hide.
City of Bowie Police officers arrived at the scene after they received a call reporting a domestic incident involving a car collision.
After the 17-year-old killed his father, he dragged him into the woods after the SUV crashed, police said.
Patrol officers also located the suspect on scene walking out of the wooded area. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was then transported to the PGPD Homicide Unit for questioning, Police said.
Bowie police officers found the father in a wooded area near the crash. Medics tried to save him, but he died at the scene. Officers say they saw the teen walking out of the wooded area and he was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
Police Investigators later questioned Koroma and determined he and his father were fighting inside the SUV as his father was driving. Koroma told detectives he stabbed his father and then pulled him from the vehicle and dragged him into the woods nearby, police said.
Early this morning, detectives charged 17 year-old Barba Koroma with 1st and 2nd degree murder. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections on a no bond status.
The father Koroma snr came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone through his studies in the U.S. and abroad, ultimately earning his PhD, Patricia his wife said.
“I’m still in shock. I’m in denial,” said Patricia Koroma, the victim’s wife.
He previously worked at Johns Hopkins and was a Technical Information Specialist at the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC.