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Fired Baltimore cop found dead in vehicle after five-day manhunt

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A discharged Maryland officer was reportedly found dead in his vehicle Thursday afternoon from a gunshot wound after unleashing a five-day manhunt after kidnapping his two young daughters, ages six and seven, one of whom is now dead.

Robert Vicosa, 42, had taken his daughters Aminah, six, and Giana, seven, from their home in Windsor, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.

The crashed vehicle has been surrounded by the Smithburg Police Department in western Maryland.

A heavy police presence has been reported with helicopters and trucks surrounding the area. Vicosa’s death and the death of one of his daughters were first reported by 11 News I-Team.

Police are advising people to stay away from the Midvale Road and Ringgold Pikle area in Waynesboro due to the incident.

A discharged Maryland officer was reportedly found dead in his vehicle Thursday afternoon from a gunshot wound after unleashing a five-day manhunt after kidnapping his two young daughters, ages six and seven, one of whom is now dead.

Robert Vicosa, 42, (left) allegedly carried out a second kidnapping and held the victim at gunpoint Wednesday morning in Cockeysville, Maryland with former colleague and accomplice Tia Bynum, 36, (right)

Robert Vicosa, 42, (left) allegedly carried out a second kidnapping and held the victim at gunpoint Wednesday morning in Cockeysville, Maryland with former colleague and accomplice Tia Bynum, 36, (right)

Vicosa had kidnapped his daughters Aaminah, six, and Giana Vicosa, seven, from their home in Windsor, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.  They were reportedly last seen on Tuesday at 11:49 a.m

Vicosa had kidnapped his daughters Aaminah, six, and Giana Vicosa, seven, from their home in Windsor, Pennsylvania, on Sunday. They were reportedly last seen on Tuesday at 11:49 a.m

The five-day manhunt began after Vicosa held their mother at gunpoint in the house on Friday while she was tied up by her wrists and ankles.

Sergeant Tina Bynum, 36, now suspended, is said to be with Vicosa after being seen in Cockeysville, Maryland, Wednesday afternoon.

The pair of Sgt. Tina Bynum allegedly kidnapped a male victim at gunpoint and demanded that he take them to various areas in Baltimore County. The male victim was later found to be unharmed.

Vicosa was charged with kidnapping, assault and theft with Bynum was also charged with false imprisonment.

Vicosa and Bynum had previously worked together with the Baltimore County Police Department before he was fired in August for sleep-deprived work and insubordination.

Bynum, who had worked for the department for 20 years, was suspended from her position on Tuesday because she also reportedly had disciplinary issues.

Police believe Bynum allegedly helped Vicosa hold his estranged wife captive at Windsor’s home the weekend before the girls were kidnapped, police said. Day record York.

His wife was invited to her home on Friday evening for her birthday party with her two daughters.

After the girls went to bed, Vicosa lured his wife with a gift he claimed was a “bracelet.”

She was then grabbed by the arms by both Vicosa and Bynum and placed a gun to her head by her husband, an affidavit said.

The couple tied her up by the wrists and ankles after leading her to the basement.

The shackles were released at some point, police said.

The woman had begged her husband to go back to her house on Sunday morning to get her clothes and computer, after convincing him she wanted to stay.

She then went home to tell her mother about the attack before going to a Target in Springettsbury Township to seek help, the York Daily Record reported.

The woman reported the assault over the weekend to local police on Sunday, where she claimed she had been forced to use drugs, touch firearms and even sexually assaulted Vicosa.

The girls have been listed on a missing and threatened women's list and their kidnapping date has been reported as Sunday

The girls have been listed on a missing and threatened women’s list and their kidnapping date has been reported as Sunday

Vicosa is believed to be driving Bynum's 2013 Black Lexus G50 with Pennsylvania license plate KPK2076

Vicosa is believed to be driving Bynum’s 2013 Black Lexus G50 with Pennsylvania license plate KPK2076

Bynum allegedly held items for Vicosa while his wife was held captive. The woman also told the department that she believed Vicosa had tracking devices on her phone and vehicle.

The victim’s mother had also told police that she had received text messages from her daughter over the weekend with photos of her granddaughters in the house on Friday night and that they also stayed at the house overnight.

She thought it was strange because she claimed that her daughter was afraid of Vicosa and also said that the lyrics did not match the way her daughter spoke.

The mother had originally heard from her daughter that she was going to buy ingredients to make fudge on Friday.

The ingredients were still on the counter on Saturday morning and discovered that Vicosa had driven her daughter to his house after checking security footage.

The victim’s brother also said he received a text from his sister on Saturday claiming she was fine after discovering she was at Vicosa’s home.

According to the affidavit, Vicosa had threatened to kill his wife, his two young daughters and himself this weekend.

The police received a search warrant to search Vicosas, but found that he and both his daughters had disappeared.

The children were taken by Vicosa in a black Acura that belonged to a relative of Bynum.

Police tracked Vicosa’s location to Bynum’s home on Monday and were denied the opportunity to search her home.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt pleaded with Bynum during a news conference on Thursday to return the girls to safety.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt pleaded with Bynum during a news conference on Thursday to return the girls to safety.

York Area Regional Police Lt.  Ken Schollenberger had previously begged Vicosa to take the girls home at a Wednesday morning conference

York Area Regional Police Lt. Ken Schollenberger had previously begged Vicosa to take the girls home at a Wednesday morning conference

Vicosa is said to have stolen another vehicle on Tuesday after crashing into a canal with the Acura. He and the two children then spent the night in an empty motor home.

The female owner of the motorhome had come to the building the next day where she was being held at gunpoint by Vicosa.

He took the keys to her silver Volkswagen Jetta and her cell phone before heading out with the girls.

Police later tracked the vehicle’s location to find it was empty. The woman had returned both her vehicle and her cellphone after it was found.

Police followed Vicosa to Bynum’s house and after obtaining a search warrant, they entered the house to find it empty. Bynum and her vehicle were both missing.

Police say they believe it is a black 2013 Lexus G350 with Pennsylvania state number plate KPK2076.

The two young girls Aaminah and Giana were last seen in Windsor at 11:49 am on Tuesday.

Both Vicosa and Bynum are begged to take the two young girls to safety.

“Our priority is the safety and well-being of (Vicosa’s daughters) Giana and Aamineh. Please move these two innocent and precious children to a safe location,” Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said at a news conference.

“We want to work with you on a safe and peaceful solution.”

The girls’ mother had previously written a statement of her own, which was read at a conference on Wednesday.

“I eagerly await their return,” the letter read. “I miss them and love them and need them at home.”

No Amber Alert has yet been issued for the girls because officers must have a clear picture of which car Vicosa is driving.

“We were seconds away from an Amber Alert,” Schollenberger said. “Unfortunately, we found the car he was in and he wasn’t in it.

“At this point, the Amber Alert is usually attached to a vehicle or license plate. We don’t have a vehicle or license plate now, because he left the last one he was in.’

The girls are listed on a missing and threatened person alert issued by the state police with the kidnapping date as Sunday.

Aamina has been described as being three feet and eight inches, 50 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

Giana is four feet and three inches, 60 pounds, with both brown eyes and hair.

“We are going to use everything to take advantage of our availability, regardless of what his job is to bring this to a safe solution,” said Lieutenant Ken Schollenberger of the York Regional Police Department. CBS21.

“Obviously, if he’s had specialized training, we’ll try to make sure that we can counter that by any means necessary.”

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