BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A lawyer representing the mother of two girls killed by their father in a shooting last November accused police of cracking the case with crucial early mistakes.
The shooter, Robert Vicosa, was a former Baltimore County sheriff who committed suicide, an accomplice, and his daughters after an intense manhunt.
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Now, attorneys for Vicosa’s estranged wife are calling for the sheriff of York County, Pennsylvania to resign.
Attorneys for the estranged wife of Robert Vicosa, a former Baltimore Company officer who killed his children in a shooting last year, said PA police did not immediately execute a protective order because the sheriff is waiting for the girls to go to school the next morning. @wjz pic.twitter.com/qoEGkubgiW
– Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) March 18, 2022
“Does the family think it is appropriate? Yes,” Marisa Vicosa’s attorney, Harold Goodman, told WJZ.
WJZ has repeatedly reached out to York Regional Police for comment, but we have not received a response.
The case began when Marisa Vicosa was lured to Robert Vicosa’s home in Pennsylvania to celebrate her birthday with their two children, 6-year-old Aaminah and 7-year-old Gianna.
Goodman says her client was “rape, drugged, tied her wrists and feet, and drugged some more” before she escaped — but without the kids.
She then went to the police, and within hours, a judge approved a protective order against Robert Vicosa.
But Marisa Vicosa alleges in a written complaint that the local sheriff stopped enforcing that protective order immediately — until the next day — because he thought their father would let the girls go. study, according to her attorney.
“He thought somehow, the two kids, who were at risk with their lives, would be picked up on the bus in the morning and then the police could do their job,” Goodman said. Goodman said.
Robert Vicosa continued to run and turned to Tia Bynum, a close friend and sergeant of the Baltimore County Police, for help.
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After Vicosa disappeared, the police interviewed Bynum but never took her into custody.
Goodman alleges it was a mistake and happened despite a client’s allegation that Bynum was involved in her kidnapping and sexual assault.
“Think about how easy it would be to monitor not only at Robert Vicosa’s home but also at Tia Bynum, just 10 minutes away,” says Goodman.
Bynum then ran off with Robert Vicosa and was driving in his car on vacation – according to police – Robert shot and killed each of them one by one before turning the gun on himself in Western Maryland. Goodman alleges, “There was a connection between the police and the district attorney’s office, which I believe would have … acted entirely differently if they had been involved in the first place.”
Marisa Vicosa has withdrawn her criminal complaint against the sheriff. Goodman says she does so because it’s unlikely to result in any charges.
An investigation into her complaint by Pennsylvania’s attorney general revealed “great concern about a number of errors and decisions that led to this tragic situation” but no criminal charges were filed. The findings have not been made public, but Goodman said the attorney general’s office has briefed him and his client.
York County Attorney David Sunday’s office said it would “fully consider” the attorney general’s findings, delivered Sunday in a letter.
“There have been findings of evidence of really serious police inaction, and I mean at higher levels of the department,” Goodman said. “The officers and other people on the ground, who knew exactly what was going on, they were almost shocked – and they were tough guys – because they didn’t believe they couldn’t do anything before that. .”
York Area police held multiple press conferences during the ordeal, begging Vicosa to turn herself in.
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Maryland State Police told WJZ this week their investigation into the Vicosa case is complete. We are still waiting for that report.
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