From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
The following statement was presented by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane during a press conference Thursday regarding the dismemberment murder of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie and subsequent arrest of his roommate in Joppatowne, Alexander Kinyua, who was charged with murder and assault this week:
On Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:23am deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office took a missing person report at the residence of 535 Terrapin Terrace in Joppa, MD 21085.
Mr. Anthony Muriithi Kinyua reported Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, a 37 year old black male from Ghana, Africa. He was reported by Mr. Kinyua to be last seen on Friday, May 25, at 5:30am when he went to go jogging.
Follow-up investigation by deputies and detectives indicated the possible commission of crime.
On Tuesday, May 29th at 10:30pm, deputies returned to the residence at the request of Mr. Kinyua. One of his sons, Jarrod, reported seeing human remains in the basement laundry room – specifically a human head and two human hands in two tins. Jarrod confronted his brother, Alexander Kinyua, 21 years of age, who denied the remains were human stating they were animal remains.
Jarrod approached his father Anthony, on the main floor of the home and reported his observations. Upon returning to the basement, Jarrod observed the remains were missing. A search and seizure warrant was then obtained and human remains – head and hands – were recovered on the main floor of the residence.
The subject, Alexander Kinyua was then interviewed by detectives at the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct. He admitted to killing our missing person, Mr. Agyei-Kodie, and then cutting him up with a knife. He further stated that he consumed Mr. Agyei-Kodie’s internal organs – specifically his heart and portions of his brain.
The suspect then led detectives to a dumpster at 536 Trimble Road, in Joppa, MD where they recovered what remained of Mr. Agyei-Kodie’s body.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Alexander Kinyua of 535 terrain terrace in Joppa, MD.
Has been charged with first degree murder, first and second degree assault and is presently incarcerated with the Harford County Detention Center. He is being held without bail.
I would like to thank our deputies for their hard work on this difficult investigation. I would also like to thank the Baltimore field office of the FBI and agents from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, VA for their assistance with the investigation of this crime.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office also released a list of new details and information in the case, as of 8:30pm on June 1:
– This continues to be an active ongoing investigation at this time.
– No charges have been filed at this time on anyone other than Alexander Kinyua in connection with this crime.
– Positive ID has been confirmed. The human remains were those of Kujoe Agyei-Kodie.
– Next of kin has been located and notified. We were able to locate a relative in the US who lived just outside of Maryland.
– Alex Kinyua, the accused, is a US Citizen and has been in the country since he was a small child.
– Six people reside(d) at the residence located at 535 Terrapin Terrace: Mom, Dad, three children (1 of the 3 is the accused) and the deceased, Mr Agyei-Kodie who was living in the home with the family in a boarder/tenant/renter capacity.
– The portion of the body that was dumped in a dumpster near the church had no relevance to the investigation other than it’s proximity to the Kinyua home.
Statement from Sheriff Jesse Bane on how the community is reacting to the incident:
“My assessment of the community reaction to this crime is that our residents are in a state of disbelief. Harford County is a quiet county with a very low crime rate. We have the fifth lowest crime rate in the State and we would never believe that anything like this could happen in our community. We are concerned for the residents in the Joppa community and have taken steps to assure them that they are not at risk. Our detectives and deputies worked tirelessly to bring this case to a successful conclusion and remove the suspect from the community as quickly as possible. We are hoping things will return to normal sooner rather than later and that we can put this horrible and tragic incident behind us.”