A 16-year-old Bel Air youth shot his father at their Bel Air home Monday night before driving the body to a pond in Aberdeen and leading officers on a chase through residential portions of Bel Air, police said.
Robert C. Richardson III, 16, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and the use of a handgun in the commmission of a felony in connection with the shooting death of his father, Robert C. Richardson Jr., 58.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Richardsons’ home on the 800 block of Moores Mill Road at approximately 10:45 p.m. Monday following a call from one of the Richardsons’ relatives about a domestic disturbance, possibly involving a weapon.
According to charging documents, officers arriving at the scene found fresh vehicle tracks in the front yard and blood on the ground in front of the porch steps and smeared on the main stoop. Deputies eventually entered the home and found it empty, but observed what appeared to be a blood trail from the bedroom to the front door, and blood stains on the bed sheets.
Following the shooting, police said the teen used the family vehicle, a 1991 Chevy S10 Blazer, to transport his father’s body to a pond on property belonging to a relative on the 800 block of Gilbert Road in Aberdeen. Police issued an alert for the vehicle.
At approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Richardson’s truck was spotted by a Maryland State Trooper at the intersection of Route 24 and Jarretsville Road, according to the sheriff’s office. As the trooper approached the vehicle, it accelerated, heading southbound on Route 24 with officers from the sheriff’s office, Bel Air Police Department, and Maryland State Police in pursuit.
The chase ended when Richardson crashed the Blazer into a cinderblock wall in the parking lot of the Bel Air United Methodist Church on Linwood Avenue in Bel Air. Richardson fled on foot, but was taken into custody in a community directly behind the church. No injuries were sustained during the pursuit, according to the sheriff’s office.
Richardson admitted killing his father and told investigators where to find the elder Richardson’s body, which was was recovered shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Worrell said. According to charging documents, the pond was located “a good distance” from the house, and deputies found Richardson Jr. laying on the edge of the pond, partially submerged in water.
Richardson III is being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bail. A bail review hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. in Harford County District Court.
Worrell said deputies had responded to the Moores Mill Road address 12 times in the last year for various calls, but said none were related to domestic violence or disturbances.
Robert C. Richardson III
Skid marks and the portion of Bel Air United Methodist Church damaged by Richardson.