Teen Arrested For Father’s Murder In Bel Air

BEL AIR, Md. (WJZ) —  A tragic confession. A Harford County teen admits he killed his father, dumped his body and then led police on a wild chase.

Monique Griego has more.

According to charging documents, it was Robert Richardson’s sister who called police Monday night, claiming her brother had just shot her father.

It’s a chilling crime. Investigators say 16-year-old Robert Richardson III confessed to killing his father, then dumping his lifeless body in an Aberdeen pond.

Police were called to the home along Moores Mill Road Monday night. They found blood outside but nobody inside.

“What they found had indicated that someone had more than likely been shot,” said Monica Worrell, Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

Police put out an APB for the teenager. Seven hours later, a trooper spotted him on the road. Richardson took off.

“He went to turn in the parking lot and didn’t make it; went straight over the curb,” Worrell said.

In the parking lot of the United Methodist Church, Richardson crashed his car, then took off running. Police caught him and that’s when they say he confessed and told them he dumped his father’s body in a pond behind his uncle’s home.

“It wasn’t a normal household situation. It didn’t sound like it. We heard a lot of screaming,” said one neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified.

Neighbors tell WJZ they worried the father may be abusing the teen.

“He’d be working on something in the yard and just screaming and terrible cursing. Horribly verbally abusive,” the neighbor said.

WJZ obtained police records showing a dozen calls to the home in just the past six months.

The crime has this community shaken.

“That’s sick for around here. I’ve lived 40 years around this neighborhood,” said one neighbor.

WJZ has learned Richardson is a student at C. Milton Wright High School. He will face a judge Wednesday afternoon in Harford County District Court.

Richardson is charged with first- and second-degree murder, as well as assault. He’ll be charged as an adult due to the severity of the crime.

  • maddy

    Very sad. My prayers are with the family!!

  • Kim

    We need to keep this child in our prayers. We do not know what happened behind closed doors.

  • Harford Resident

    please do not make negative comments about this boy— many allegations of abuse at the hands of the father— was a sad family situation. We need to keep this boy, his family and classmates in our prayers.

  • C. Milton Wright Student

    He was in my class, very disturbed person and sadly, this does not surprise me at all.

    • GM

      I believe that there is no excuse for killing anyone unless in self-defense or defending your family. He should have gone to his counselor or someone else to help him if his father abused him.

      • SMH

        The article states that the police had been called several times to the house. How do we know that the boy didn’t seek help from counselors at some time? I’m not saying he took the right route, but we don’t know what went on and cannot say what he did or didn’t do.

  • colliemom

    This is a tragedy that will haunt family and friends for the rest of their lives. Obviously some problems going on, but we do not know what they were. Wish there could have been some other options for the son; youngsters often don’t realize they can reach out to others for help.

  • Patricia

    Guns don’t kill …. People do.

  • Rae

    “GM” –

    You’re an a$$hole. That is my Uncle and cousin you are talking about there. You don’t know them, so you have no right to assume anything.

    And for the record, you’re wrong on your assumption.

    “Harford Resident” – thank you for your comment.

    • tammie

      my thoughts and prayers are with u amnd ur family

    • GM

      You are an a$$hole for calling me one for my oppinion. Shows your intellegence level.

  • Lindsey

    HE was a friend of mine , he was a good boy never did anything to hurt anyone , this shocks me to the core , he never had any plans to hurt or do this to anyone , all i know is that he and his dad were never on the same level at times , but i never believed it was at a level of a murder charge , he was not distribed he was not crazy he was not under and drug he was a good boy , and one of my friends best friends , @ CMW student you might have thought that but he is nothing like what you think he is , and @ Kim you are right you don’t know what happens behind closed doors .

  • CMW mom

    Let’s not assume anything right now and just pray for the family!

  • Justice Nomore

    16 year old murders father… nobody had the right to take another life, but of course, here in MD he will do his ‘juvenile time’ until 21 and then off free to do it again.

    • SMH

      He is being charged as an adult.

  • Dawn Walker-Detamore

    Prayers to the family. Such a sad story.

  • dotdotdot

    First my condolences, Its a sad thing that you have to go through this Rae. To everyone else, you will base your opinions on this based off of how the news will spin it, one will point that the father was abusive, and give sympathy to the child. Another will spin it so that the father gets the sympathy. It really boils down to this, only 2 people knows what happened that night.

    • Leonard

      Thank You dotdotdot!!!!!! I’m from the county too and the truth came to my ears quickly. He is guilty of manslaughter I’m not sure to what degree. They’re going after the biggest charges they can when the truth of the matter is they dropped the ball with him long before he killed his father.

  • Ohmyheaven

    I was seriously abused as a child. My cries for help were unheard or fell on deaf ears.
    As an adult I have serious issues from the trauma subjected to me as a child. I will always have my weird quirps but that was how I learned to survive.
    As a child I was also called “weird” or a “loner”.
    I had dreams of shooting my step father but in my nightmare he kept getting back up, I’d shoot and he kept getting back up like a monster.
    I finally got out of there but the damage was already done. I am now in intensive outpatient treatment program because my drinking got bad. I am now in a better place with love, security and stability reliving my second childhood.

    The one thing that bothered me most was that people who had a stable, loving enviroment growing up could never imagine what I went through. I envied them thinking, “Gee, what would it be like to have such a wonderful Mom and Dad and never stress about anything?’.

    I suffer from PTSD.

    Those who judge have never walked in my shoes. Again I say, “Wow. It must be nice to be over there and never know what it is really like over here”. Unless you lived it, you will never know.

    It’s a sad and tragic thing that happened today. I’m sure the young man felt like he did not have a choice in the matter. I do feel that the City and the State had let this child down. I am sick of the unjustices. There is still hope that the boy will have the ability to fight his charge and get the help he needs. He is 16 and not an adult. Maybe he can recapture his youth again? He may have missed out on it.

    This young man and his family are in my prayers and all of the posters here that had wonderful childhoods and can not imagine what it could be like. Be thankful.

    • CMM

      Thanks for sharing your story, some people doesn’t understand. Prayer is needed for this young man and his family. My prayers also go out to you. God bless.

    • Pamela

      Thanks for bringing some light on childhood abuse and what it does to the victim. I pray for your recovery and a future bright and full of happiness. I know where you’ve been and I know where this young man has been and how it feels to be an abused child. The picture perfect childhood doesn’t exist and never has. All families have issues and most like to hide it or forget. Prayers for you and for this young man and his family.

    • Ohmyheaven

      That’s not all. There were broken bones and scares not mentioned. There is alot of verbal abuse and pain not mentioned.

      Eating disorders, anxiety, nightmares, distructive behaviours. Children have a process that they need to go through in order to grow. If that ability, chance was taken away….

      My Sister commited suicide. The majority can not hang. Women fall out of the Program only to end up in the Orbituaries. The process is tedious and painful. The tape recorder in our mind has to be reprogramed. No more of the, “You will never amount to anything because you are a loser”, “You are stupid”, “You are ugly” or “You will never do anything right”.

      I think that we should push for more Programs like this. Therapy should be available for people who need it. I plan to get a job there and help others after I graduate. (I’m not located in Maryland right now but the abuse happened in Maryland)

      I apologize, this is not about me! This is about this young gentleman and what happened today. Unfortunately, he is going to wake up with the realization of what happened in the morning.

      • Dianna Wolff Stugen

        Ohmyheaven, I’m so sorry for what you have suffered. I lived through an abusive marriage. I haven’t walked in your or this young man’s shoes but I know the desperation he felt. He’s 16, not an adult, he lost his mother when he was 5. He lived with a father that was supposed to love and protect him but it appears that wasn’t what happened. Is it any wonder he didn’t know how to reach out for help? I’ve read that his brother says there was no abuse but the sister says there was. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. I have spoke with a neighbor (via Facebook) and she says the father was abusive (remember words can be abuse). I just hope and pray for this child to get the help he needs. I urge this young man’s friends and family to come forward and tell the his story to the authorities so the court of “public opinion” doesn’t tar and feather him without a trial.

        Richard, I pray you are wrong that he will end up killing himself but that is a very real possibility unfortunately.

        To all of you that are lucky enough to never have been abused… i will tell you this, you just don’t know how you would react to years of being demeaned, treated like a dog, told you won’t amount to anything and made to feel like less than dirt. When you are that low, you don’t know how to get help. He was probably told over and over again that the police and counselors at school wouldn’t help him. (Abusers are big bullies and use scare tactics) I was an adult and wasn’t able deal with it without counseling, famiily and supportive friends. I was also very lucky to have a good job. What would I have done without my support system? Maybe I would have killed my abuser. The thought crossed my mind more than once. If he has been abused (and it sounds like it) then his mind has been in turmoil for a very long time. If he was using drugs? I don’t blame him… anything to get rid of the emotional pain. His Sunday School teacher (or someone that said she was) posted on the Aberdeen Patch that he was a great boy and wanted his own bible very badly. How sad. I sure would have given him one.

  • Barbara

    This is so very sad….I pray for the young man and his family….His sister was the one that called the police….Poor thing…I hope she has somewhere to go……I pray she finds a way to heal…..

  • CMM

    I can’t believe how some of you are so hard on judging this young man, you never know what went on inside the home. And I guess some of you can’t read because the neighbor’s stated they felt there was abuse by the father. The fathers temper was also mentioned, normal people doesn’t ask like an a**hole in public all the time. And for the gun remark, please don’t go there, a high percentage of citizens have guns in their home. Guns doesn’t make us a criminal, most of the time its to protect us. In this case the gun may have and probably was the fathers gun. Sadly if there was abuse the young man had taken more than he could bare. Everyone should keep this young man who killed his father in our prayers, he has to live with his decision for the rest of his life. And remember you don’t know what provoked this young man to do this horrible act. We also need to keep the family in our prayers. FYI: The young man is being charged as an adult, not a teen. I hope if this was a result from abuse, many of you will think different about this young man. A human can only take so much… but if this was in not a result from abuse, then let the young man pay the crime for his actions. For now prayers are needed for all, including those that knew the family.

  • Renee from PA

    My heart goes out to ALL the family & friends of this family. I am also so very sorry for the family that people automatically want to say rude of negative things when in all reality, it is a fact, NONE OF YOU nor ME know what happened and it is none of any of our business. So if you feel the need to make it your business, then please have a little respect for the family and what they are going through and send thoughts & prayers, not your opinions……..My thoughts & prayers are with all of the family & friends in your time of sorrow!!!!

  • Betty

    Hey, its not are place to Judge, But we can pray about it. This hits close to home , we allready had a murder in Bel air, Md not long ago, one murder in my neighborhood, now right around the corner this happens. At First i thought he was one of my relatives, with that last name, So i can see how hard it is for the People who is related. Iam sorry it every happen to anyone. But remember we only know what the news tells us, we didnt have to live it. That is so sad it takes a Tragity to happen, before anyone cares to Help or step up to the plate. Thats the kind of World we live in, take it or leave it, Is there not a Happy Medium. lets Hope there is, Thanks for your time in reading this..,..12/11/12

  • john

    you know alot have to be said about this situation. if the roles were reveresed and this child killed his father in black neighborhood, none of you would be on here talking about abuse. the first thing you will be saying is he need to go to jail, thats what they do, he was a thug, etc.
    so what you kill someone you need to go to jail because not only did he kill the person he tried to get rid of the body. stop making excuses for murders white or black. do the crime do the time.

    • Ohmyheaven

      Wow John. We have an African American in the Oval Office and you want to go and change the agenda into a White or Black thing. do you see where your head is at?

      When are people going to see that we are all equals?

      We are equal!!!

      • Leandro

        Sherrie Rapaglia / Baby Maren is a wonderful, pceirous gift from God. We are so excited that she is here and can’t wait to see her next week! She is so blessed to have wonderful parents and a big brother who will help take care of her. She is so incredibly beautiful and I can’t wait to hold her and kiss her.Suzanne, you are so awesome! (And Joe’s not bad either.) Ha!Love you all,Mama Rap

  • Richard

    He will prob end up killing himself.

  • JoellySixx

    This doesn’t surprise me..the whole family is messed up. In and out jail, drug use, and a grandmother from hell. The day that little boy lost his mother was the day he was lost to society.

    • john

      here we go another excuse

    • Rae

      Where on Earth are you getting that information from!?!? What makes you think it’s correct, at that????

  • Mary

    The article mentioned police involvement and perhaps suspected child abuse, but it will be interesting to know if Child Protective Services were called. Some classmates have posted here giving their opinions but make it clear to your peers that if there are problems at home, to consult with their guidance counselors. This boy could have been removed from the home if it was that bad and get services, such as counseling to help him with his crisis. That would have been a better outcome then what happened in this case and it is important for teens to speak up if there are problems at home.

  • K. Smith

    I think that this is an incredibly sad siutation. What struck me, is that this young man carried the name of his father and grandfather. That normally speaks of legacy and great promise. Obviously, something went wrong somewhere. I don’t know anyone who was involved, so I cannot and will not judge either the father or the son. My heart goes out to both of them and to the entire family. I pray for healing for everyone who is involved.
    Reading a lot of these comments really makes me sad. As a society, we are so used to placing blame rather than giving grace. We have a LOT to learn.
    To the family, you have my condolences and my prayers.

  • eduardo

    Rae, Like I said, SMD . Everybody who loses a person , it is somebody’s father, uncle , mother or son & daughter so STFU wanker. That gun should never been in the house & it appears it was there illegally. Typical of the cowboy mentality red neck Republican NRA types that live in that s….hole Harford co.

  • ulysses

    This little freak had a history of drug & theft issues. Fuc him, let em rot.

  • EB

    When a child is abussed — the spirit gets damaged. Obviously, the child suffered an abussive childhood (according to the neighbors who’d witnessed it and the final flip-out). He is still a child and a child of God. Only “enrichment spiritual” will ever heal this child. Years in therapy/drugs…will never restore his broken-heart. Love and support is the only thing that can ever bring “light” to his recovery. As for the father…he is now in the hands of the Lords-of-Karma. And, now…, the child will fall into the hands of 12 jury people.

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