The daddy of a lacking pregnant Baltimore lady’s unborn youngster has been arrested on homicide prices practically 5 years after her disappearance, authorities mentioned Thursday.
Michael Robertson, 41, was arrested Tuesday in Michigan on two counts of first-degree homicide prices within the dying of Akia Eggleston and the couple’s unborn youngster, Baltimore Metropolis State’s Lawyer Marilyn Mosby informed reporters at a press convention.
Eggleston, 22, was reported lacking by her household after she failed to indicate as much as her child bathe on Might 7, 2017. The girl who was eight months pregnant on the time was final seen alive 4 days earlier, Mosby mentioned.
“Eggleston was excited to be shifting in with the daddy of her youngster, Michael Robertson, who was in a relationship with one other 22-year-old lady that had lately given start to his second youngster,” Mosby informed reporters.
However Robertson had different plans, Mosby mentioned, finally concocting an elaborate ruse a couple of faux transfer that led to Eggleston withdrawing money for a down cost.
The anticipating mother was final seen on Might 3 on surveillance digicam at a financial institution the place she deposited $572 earlier than making a money withdrawal, Mosby mentioned.
Eggleston then returned to her Baltimore house, Mosby mentioned, citing telephone information that put her there at about 3 to 4 p.m. on Might 3. Robertson’s telephone, in the meantime, was at his job when he acquired a telephone name from Eggleston at 3:44 p.m. – their final contact between them, based on an announcement of possible trigger.
Hours later, Robertson’s subsequent name was made close to Eggleston’s house and investigators consider they had been collectively at her condominium that afternoon.
Eggleston despatched a buddy an invitation to her child bathe that night – the final recognized message despatched by the pregnant lady to anybody, based on the possible trigger assertion.
About an hour later, Robertson’s telephone moved away from Eggleston’s condominium and headed towards downtown Baltimore as he texted the opposite 22-year-old lady he was relationship, information present. Eggleston’s telephone, whereas in the identical space as Robertson’s, was then “disabled or turned off” after an unanswered name — probably from a telemarketer.
All cellphone and social media exercise by Eggleston, who’s survived by a 2-year-old daughter, stopped on Might 3, the day investigators consider she was killed.
Her stays haven’t been discovered regardless of in depth searches, however authorities mentioned proof “overwhelmingly signifies” that she’s useless.
“Investigation revealed the one individual with the motive, means, and alternative to homicide Eggleston was the purported father of her unborn youngster, Michael Robertson,” based on the assertion of possible trigger.
In October 2017, after a neighborhood TV station ran a report on Eggleston’s disappearance, Robertson searched on Google about trash or dumpster pickup schedules in Baltimore, Mosby mentioned. He later moved to Michigan after being interviewed by cops on the time.
“Let right this moment function a reminder to the individuals of Baltimore Metropolis that your State’s Lawyer’s Workplace won’t ever surrender in our struggle for justice,” Mosby mentioned in an announcement. “This case has been open for practically 5 lengthy years leaving this household to look nonstop for his or her lacking daughter.”
In October, investigators tried to talk with Robertson at his Muskegon house, however he declined to be interviewed after which left his residence, investigators mentioned.
“Additional, the few statements Robertson has offered to legislation enforcement have been contradictory and misleading,” based on the assertion of possible trigger. “Robertson falsely led Eggleston to consider they had been going to maneuver in collectively.”
Investigators mentioned they consider Robertson killed Eggleston, whose telephone has by no means been recovered.
Robertson additionally didn’t present as much as her child bathe – and was as a substitute at a lodge along with his different 22-year-old girlfriend, recognized as Hali Pomeroy, investigators mentioned.
Pomeroy gave start to her second youngster with Robertson in August 2016, a month earlier than Eggleston acquired pregnant. Robertson then began staying with Eggleston in April 2017 after being evicted from the condominium he shared with Pomeroy, based on the assertion of possible trigger.
Eggleston’s disappearance has been featured by advocacy teams just like the Black and Lacking Basis, which seeks to focus on circumstances involving individuals of colour who typically don’t get the identical media consideration as their white counterparts.
Eggleston’s stepfather, Shawn Wilkinson, who went on “The View” in 2019 to plead for assist in fixing his daughter’s disappearance, thanked investigators Thursday for by no means giving up on the case.
“Home violence is actual, and when it occurs, we have to tackle it,” he mentioned. “It isn’t the reply and there’s at all times an alternate. The household seeks justice in Akia’s case. It has affected so many relationships and we are going to proceed to face united as a household till the ultimate judgment on this case has been rendered.”