Missing pregnant woman killed by father of child

Missing pregnant woman killed by father of unborn child, prosecutor says

Akia Eggleston disappeared in 2017; Suspect arrested Tuesday in Michigan

Updated: 5:34 PM EST Feb 3, 2022

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Good morning. I stand before you today with Baltimore Police Department. Colonel Richard Worley member of black and missing incorporated derrick Butler FBI, supervisory special agent Shane Bush wall, My deputy of major crimes Kurt Bjorklund and the family members of Uchiha Egleston to announce the arrest of a suspect for the murder of a Kia Egleston and her unborn child through the partnership and collaboration of the Baltimore Police Department. My office and our federal law enforcement partners On Tuesday at four pm and muscular Muskegon michigan Officers arrested Michael Robertson for the murder of 22 year old Akilah Akilah Eagleson and her unborn child. On May 7, 2017, a Kia shanty. Egleston was reported missing by family members. After she failed to appear at her baby shower For several hours. Friends and family unsuccessfully tried to locate the 22 year old who was eight months pregnant at the time. The last time anyone reported seeing Egleston alive was on the afternoon of May three, supported by interviews, financial records, telephone records and social media communications. Law enforcement has reconstructed a detailed timeline of Eggleston’s last days, which include the following facts outlined in the statement of probable cause. Eccleston was excited to be moving in with the father of her child. Michael Robertson who was in a relationship with another 22 year old woman that had recently given birth to his second child At 12:42 PM. on May two, Robertson sent Eagleson photos of an interior of an apartment townhouse via Facebook messenger and commented that they were blurry and he would re send them from his phone. On May 2nd. At approximately 1 24 PM, Eagleson purchased two money orders totaling $450 from a Royal Farm store in Baltimore. Using cash obtained with via A. T. M. Withdrawals from her savings account. At 1:41 pm, Eagleson sent a Facebook message to Robertson. Writing. I called You, I got the money order at approximately 3:45 p.m. Robertson searched where can I cash a money order in Baltimore Maryland from his google account. At four PM on May 2nd 2017. Wells Fargo bank records placed Egleston in the downtown area of Baltimore, where she unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw cash twice from an A. T. M. She was simultaneously texting back and forth with Robertson according to the cell site data and employment records, Robertson was at work at a job site in Washington, D. C. At least as of 6:30 a.m. On May 3rd the day of Eggleston’s murder. He and Eagleson exchanged text messages throughout the day. On the afternoon of May 3rd Egleston was seen on bank surveillance video at approximately 12 52 PM, depositing the two orders money orders as well as a paycheck from her employer at a BB and T. Bank in downtown Baltimore, where she maintained an account. The total of the deposit was $572.42. Eagleson then made a $450 cash withdrawal from that same account. On May three, at approximately 3:45 pm. A lift driver picked up an individual later identified by the driver as Robertson for a ride request by lift user a Kia Egleston. This location is a short distance from Robertson’s place of employment at the time. Federal interiors group and approximately 10 miles from Eggleston’s residence at approximately four p.m. The lift driver dropped Robertson off one building over from Egleston residents and Cherry Hill. Analysis of call detail records and cell site information indicates Eggleston’s phone was added near the residence between three and four o’clock on May 3rd 2017. Those records further indicate that at 3 43 a short time after Eagleson booked the lift ride, Egleston cellphone received an incoming call from the lift analysis of call details and call detail records and cell site information for Robertson’s phone indicate his phone was at or near his place of employment at 3 44 on May 3rd when he received a 58 call from Egleston 58. 2nd call from Egleston. This is the last contact between Egleston and Robert Robertson’s phones. On May three, Robertson’s next voice call occurred at 5:34, at which time his phone was located near Eggleston’s residence. Based on the call records and the lift records, investigators believe. Egleston and Robertson were together at her Cherry Hill residents during the late hours afternoon hours of May three. At approximately 5 22, Egleston was sent. A friend Sent a friend, the invite to her baby shower, which was scheduled for Sunday May seven. This facebook message is the last known outgoing communication sent by Egleston to anyone. An analysis of Robertson’s cell site records on May three indicates his phone was in the area near near Egleston residence. When he made and received the phone calls from 535 to 6 18 pm. At 6 22, Robertson’s phone begins to move away from the area around Eggleston’s apartment. According to call detail records. The last activity on Eggleston’s phone was an unanswered possible telemarketers in call incoming call at 6:57. At that time, Eagleton’s phone was located in the same area in downtown Baltimore as Robertson’s. After the incoming call, all activity ceased on Eggleston’s phone indicating her phone was disabled or turned off. At that time, investigators conducted an internet reverse image search and located the apartment featured in the photographs Robertson sent Egleston. That residence was a completely different residents from the one Robertson made. Eagleson believed they were moving into Further, a google account linked to Robertson was identified and records obtained via search warrant showed his account was created in 2000 and 10 And a review of the Google Search History from October 14th 2017 revealed 18 distinct searches or links clicked regarding trash pickup, landfills or dumpster pickups in Baltimore city. Specifically, searches were conducted on that day for where does Baltimore City trash go and when picked up searched twice, Baltimore city dumpster pickup in Baltimore city landfill. The searches were conducted a few days after the media outlet aired a report on Eggleston’s disappearance. Local and federal law enforcement have exhaustively investigated Eggleston’s disappearance and any persons that may have been related the totality of the evidence incubates. Mr Robinson Robertson, although the state is not required to prove motive. Our investigation confirmed confirmed a volatile argument between Robertson and the mother of his Children. The night before a Kia Egleston disappeared following Eggleston’s posting of a sonogram picture photograph on facebook. Obviously, Mr Robertson is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty and will certainly have his day in court. As many of you are already aware, I’m not able to go and talk beyond the four corners of the statement of probable cause and I hope that you will understand that when it comes to questions. However, I hope that today’s arrest bring some sense and some measure of hope in the first phase. In our pursuit of justice for Kia Egleston, let me also say this to the people of Baltimore city. Our pursuit of justice is unyielding. We do not give up on the victims of crime in Baltimore city ever. This case has been open for almost five years in the past six months. We have used additional investigative techniques and given this case a committed set of fresh eyes. I want to thank especially Kurt Bjorklund deputy over major crimes. Unfortunately time and time again, we’ve seen the disparity of media coverage based on race, on the race of the victim. When you’re white and missing, there’s never a lack of media coverage. But when you’re a young black pregnant woman that goes missing, it often hardly makes the news. I give a lot of credit to our prosecutors and especially our federal partners and of course, the Baltimore Police Department. But I give a special thanks to the family of a Kia. Egleston for never giving up and their pursuit of justice for Kia and her unborn child. Thank you for being here. I’ll now turn it over to the FBI supervisory agent Shane Bush walk. Good morning. I’m supervisory special agent Shayne Buchwald with FBI Baltimore. This has been a long and painful journey for the family of a Kia Egleston. For nearly five years, the people of Baltimore have searched hoped and mourned with the key as family and friends, but they never gave up and neither did we as the Kia’s face and story gained national attention. The FBI and Baltimore Police Department were working diligently behind the scenes, although it’s taken nearly five years. We never let this case go. In fact, a key is seeking for information, poster hangs in our office. It serves as a daily reminder to find justice for a Kia and bring closure for her family today. We stand here confident in the charges brought against Michael Robertson for the murder of a Kia Egleston and their unborn child while her body still hasn’t been recovered, we hope this arrest brings a level of comfort and closure to Kia’s family. We appreciate the State’s Attorney’s office, our partner, the Baltimore police FBI Detroit and all of our law enforcement counterparts who helped bring closure in this case. We also thank the media and Akiyama’s family for keeping this investigation on the forefront of everyone’s mind. For so long while we know this arrest cannot undo the unimaginable damage that’s been done to this family. We hope it serves as a reminder that time does not deter law enforcement efforts and our persistence to find truth and justice, Thank you for being with us today. I’ll turn it back over to city State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Alright, I have family members did want to address the media. Um, and so we have Kia’s Aunt Zenobia, Wilson that’s gonna come forward. Mm hmm. Um I just want to say thank you to the the state prosecutor’s office for continuing to help us um during our time of need and thank you to everyone for their thoughts and their prayers for um keeping hope for our family that we would find her alive. Um, even though there’s evidence says something different that she’s not. Um, we just want to say thank you and and just to please continue to keep us in your prayers, thank you and this is a key, a stepdad Sean Wilkinson. Um again, on behalf of the family, we would like to thank all of the participants in the keys case A. D. A. Curb Oakland has continued efforts. Um the efforts of the Baltimore City Police department in the pursuit of justice for our loved one, A. Kia and our grandson. Um I’d like to thank the FBI for what they were to provide in the case in their pursuit of justice. We also like to thank the law enforcement agencies of michigan as well as Baltimore city, neither other law or legal enforcement agencies that help um with the arrest of the assailant in our case. We also like to thank the black and missing for their continued walk with us and uh community relations and social media um getting keys case um spread throughout the world, international and national. We appreciate that. Um we’d like to say domestic violence is real and when it happens we need to address it. It is not the answer. And there’s always an alternative. The family seeks justice in the keys case. It has affected so many relationships and we will continue to stand united as a family into the final judgment in this case has been rendered. We thank you again. God bless. Okay questions hold it black fake. Do you want to step in, right? Probably. Well, do you think about excuse me? Well, what we do, we try to support families when things like this happened? There’s no book written on how to how to proceed, what to do. And because of the experience that we’ve that we have in doing this now, we just we just want to support the family. And I think that uh we did that and I hope the family is happy with what we were able to supply to them. Um That’s just it’s just a tragic thing that that happens to families and it never should happen. What is Robertson used to believe in this case? He didn’t want to the child or what’s the so again, I have to stick to the four corners of the statement of probable cause. And um one of the things that we kind of have already highlighted is that there was some sort of contention among among the two with reference to a key of having his child. The two meaning, Robertson, Robertson and Egleston and his other child’s mother? Children’s mother inside the Sherri Hill Hill, was there any sign of physical struggle? Is there any additional details can provide in terms we have a very detailed statement of probable cause that I didn’t read into the record that will be public record that you guys can can use. Okay. And if we need to provide that to you, we will what talk about the charge against the charge child And the decision. I mean, I think it’s obvious she was eight months pregnant. And so the the viability of that child was there. And so that is considered a life that was lost as well. And uh, first of we always suspect. So I can’t go into the investigation, but I can tell you that at the outset and you can look at the statement of probable cause very early on, he was considered a suspect. I know this might nothing to make but with regards the White that will lengthen, mm hmm. He’s going for it. Why? So, I think every case is different in some instances, you know, in homicide cases, you’ll have an investigation that will lead to a suspect right away. And in other cases they don’t sometimes you have circumstantial evidence and sometimes you have direct evidence. Um, and so what I have been very clear about and what I read is that, you know, we use additional investigative techniques and we had a new sort of fresh set of eyes that looked at the evidence, um, and worked with our federal partners and BPD to really kind of overturn every sort of stone that was that we wanted to see where it led. And so with that fresh set of eyes and with those additional investigative techniques, I have to limit it to that we were able to ultimately conclude and and make an arrest. Mr what I believe kurt do you know, he’s he’s in he’s still in michigan, but he’s been he’s been apprehended. Sorry line of white. Um It’s gonna be some we don’t have the details of the top he was where was he? How did you take it? It was in michigan and I can just tell you that’s where he had moved. And so that’s where we U. S. Marshals working with our federal partners. We were able to apprehend him there. I didn’t know. No mm mm. Do you believe anyone else was involved his disappearance at this stage of the investigation? We believe that um he’s the person of interest. Why? I don’t believe that’s in the statement. Is it in the statement of probable cause? You wanna get a step up? Mr Robertson moved late of 2017. With yes with um MS pomeroy. Halle pomeroy who is the mother of his two Children. Think about reasons you may have known allegedly done. We cannot go into that aspect of it. Again it’s open. We believe that we have a suspect that has been apprehended but the investigation still continues. Okay. Family did you suspicion? What about robert? How did you all feel about him? That’s it Yeah so in my mind he has always been a suspect and my mind um the eyes are definitely were on him and I’m not saying that he may have not acted alone. But um he’s definitely been in our forefront eyes we do believe that he he did it he made her disappear. What things white. Well um, I can’t give much details until they are released. But um, we do have evidence that he definitely had a motive to not seeing this child be born. Um, he has multiple Children. Um, multiple more than you can count on your hand. I will say that. Um, so that definitely played a factor. Um Thanks. Mm hmm. So, and I don’t want it, please. I don’t want to inundate them. So feel you only have to answer what you feel comfortable answering And guys again, and it’s still open and impending investigation. Are there any other last questions? So again, this is still an open impending investigation. We believe that we have apprehended the suspect. Um, and so I have to leave it there. Okay. Thank you guys.

Missing pregnant woman killed by father of unborn child, prosecutor says

Akia Eggleston disappeared in 2017; Suspect arrested Tuesday in Michigan

WBAL

Updated: 5:34 PM EST Feb 3, 2022

Five years later, authorities arrested a suspect in the disappearance of a pregnant Baltimore woman.Michael Robertson, 41, was arrested in Michigan around 4 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the killing of the mother of his unborn child, Akia Eggleston, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday.”At this stage in the investigation, we believe that he’s the person of interest,” Mosby said.During a news conference Thursday morning, Mosby cited cellphone data, text messages, photos and internet search history and bank records as supporting the charges. Investigators pieced together a timeline of Eggleston’s movements on her last days, Mosby said.”We used additional investigative techniques, and we had a new fresh set of eyes that looked at the evidence and worked with our federal partners to overturn every stone,” Mosby said.Officials said Robertson moved to Michigan in late 2017 with another 22-year-old woman. That woman, Hali Pomeroy, has two children with Robertson, and they moved to Michigan to be closer to her relatives, court records show.”This has been a long and painful journey for the family of Akia Eggleston,” FBI-Baltimore supervisory special agent Shayne Buchwald said. “For nearly five years, the people of Baltimore have searched, hoped and mourned with Akia’s family and friends, but they never gave up and neither did we.”According to prosecutors, Robertson misled Eggleston into believing they were moving in together with plans to start a life together. “He allegedly concocted an intricate ruse involving a false move-in location that ultimately led to Eggleston withdrawing cash for a down payment for the home,” a statement read.Watch the prosecutor’s news conference in its entirety:Eggleston never showed up to her baby shower in 2017 and hasn’t been seen since. She was 22, eight months pregnant and mother to a 2-year-old daughter when she disappeared in May 2017.She was last seen on May 3, 2017, when she was captured on surveillance camera at a bank in the Inner Harbor, depositing money orders and a paycheck totaling $572.42. She then made a $450 cash withdrawal, Mosby said.Eggleston then took a Lyft near to her home in Cherry Hill. Call records and cellphone data analysis indicate Eggleston’s phone was at or near the house between 3-4 p.m. on May 3, 2017, Mosby said.| PDF: Full statement of probable causeBy 5:34 p.m., Robertson’s cellphone was tracked near Eggleston’s home during a phone call, Mosby said. Investigators believe Eggleston and Robertson were together at her home during the late afternoon hours of May 3, 2017.Robertson’s phone began to move away from Eggleston’s house in the next hour, Mosby said. The last activity on Eggleston’s phone was an incoming call, Mosby said. Then, all activity on that phone ceased, indicating it was disabled or turned off, Mosby said.The family reported Eggleston missing when she didn’t show up for her baby shower four days later on May 7.”In my mind, he has always been a suspect. The eyes were definitely on him,” said Eggleston’s aunt, Sanobia Wilson. “We do believe that he did it, he made her disappear.”Mosby could not elaborate on a motive but said, “There was some sort of contention among the two with reference with Akia having the child.” Mosby also said investigators confirmed Robertson had a volatile argument with the other 22-year-old woman the night before Eggleston disappeared.”He definitely had a motive to not seeing this child be born. He has multiple children,” Wilson said. Eggleston’s family was with officials at Tuesday’s news conference and shared their thanks with the community.”Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and hope for our family that we would find her alive. Even though the evidence says something different, that she’s not, we just want to say thank you and to please continue to keep us in your prayers,” Wilson said.”We’d like to say, domestic violence is real and when it happens, we need to address it. It is not the answer and there’s always an alternative,” said Eggleston’s stepfather, Shawn Wilkinson. “The family seeks justice in Akia’s case. It has affected so many relationships and we will continue to stand united as a family until the final judgment in this case has been rendered.”Robertson remains held in Michigan on $200,000 bond.

Five years later, authorities arrested a suspect in the disappearance of a pregnant Baltimore woman.

Michael Robertson, 41, was arrested in Michigan around 4 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the killing of the mother of his unborn child, Akia Eggleston, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday.

“At this stage in the investigation, we believe that he’s the person of interest,” Mosby said.

During a news conference Thursday morning, Mosby cited cellphone data, text messages, photos and internet search history and bank records as supporting the charges. Investigators pieced together a timeline of Eggleston’s movements on her last days, Mosby said.

“We used additional investigative techniques, and we had a new fresh set of eyes that looked at the evidence and worked with our federal partners to overturn every stone,” Mosby said.

Officials said Robertson moved to Michigan in late 2017 with another 22-year-old woman. That woman, Hali Pomeroy, has two children with Robertson, and they moved to Michigan to be closer to her relatives, court records show.

“This has been a long and painful journey for the family of Akia Eggleston,” FBI-Baltimore supervisory special agent Shayne Buchwald said. “For nearly five years, the people of Baltimore have searched, hoped and mourned with Akia’s family and friends, but they never gave up and neither did we.”

According to prosecutors, Robertson misled Eggleston into believing they were moving in together with plans to start a life together. “He allegedly concocted an intricate ruse involving a false move-in location that ultimately led to Eggleston withdrawing cash for a down payment for the home,” a statement read.

Watch the prosecutor’s news conference in its entirety:

Eggleston never showed up to her baby shower in 2017 and hasn’t been seen since. She was 22, eight months pregnant and mother to a 2-year-old daughter when she disappeared in May 2017.

She was last seen on May 3, 2017, when she was captured on surveillance camera at a bank in the Inner Harbor, depositing money orders and a paycheck totaling $572.42. She then made a $450 cash withdrawal, Mosby said.

Eggleston then took a Lyft near to her home in Cherry Hill. Call records and cellphone data analysis indicate Eggleston’s phone was at or near the house between 3-4 p.m. on May 3, 2017, Mosby said.

| PDF: Full statement of probable cause

By 5:34 p.m., Robertson’s cellphone was tracked near Eggleston’s home during a phone call, Mosby said. Investigators believe Eggleston and Robertson were together at her home during the late afternoon hours of May 3, 2017.

Robertson’s phone began to move away from Eggleston’s house in the next hour, Mosby said. The last activity on Eggleston’s phone was an incoming call, Mosby said. Then, all activity on that phone ceased, indicating it was disabled or turned off, Mosby said.

The family reported Eggleston missing when she didn’t show up for her baby shower four days later on May 7.

“In my mind, he has always been a suspect. The eyes were definitely on him,” said Eggleston’s aunt, Sanobia Wilson. “We do believe that he did it, he made her disappear.”

Mosby could not elaborate on a motive but said, “There was some sort of contention among the two with reference with Akia having the child.” Mosby also said investigators confirmed Robertson had a volatile argument with the other 22-year-old woman the night before Eggleston disappeared.

“He definitely had a motive to not seeing this child be born. He has multiple children,” Wilson said.

Eggleston’s family was with officials at Tuesday’s news conference and shared their thanks with the community.

“Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and their prayers and hope for our family that we would find her alive. Even though the evidence says something different, that she’s not, we just want to say thank you and to please continue to keep us in your prayers,” Wilson said.

“We’d like to say, domestic violence is real and when it happens, we need to address it. It is not the answer and there’s always an alternative,” said Eggleston’s stepfather, Shawn Wilkinson. “The family seeks justice in Akia’s case. It has affected so many relationships and we will continue to stand united as a family until the final judgment in this case has been rendered.”

Robertson remains held in Michigan on $200,000 bond.

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