First Miami, now in Maryland. This is getting creepy.
A Morgan State University student who lived in the same home as a missing Joppatowne man now feared dead was charged with first-degree murder after parts of a human body were found inside the house and in a nearby dumpster. Now the suspect has admitted to eating portions of the man's body parts, including his heart and brain.
Alexander Kinyua, 21, is being held on no bail.
Mike Hellgren has the latest details.
Police served a search warrant Wednesday morning at the home of that missing man and made a gruesome find. Parts of a human body were found at the home along Terrapin Terrace in Joppatowne.
Police say the brother of the suspect went down to the laundry room of the house and saw a blanket on a box. He pulled off the blanket and saw two metal tins. Police say he opened them and saw a head and two hands.
The brother confronted Alexander Kinyua about this. Alexander Kinyua said they were animal remains and not human remains.
The brother then got his dad. The dad went downstairs and the items were gone.
The suspect was seen cleaning the container.
During a search warrant, police got the head and hands. They then interviewed the suspect.
He told them he cut up the victim with a knife and ate the heart and portions of his brain.
Monica Worrell, a sheriff's spokeswoman, says the body parts found in the home had yet to be identified by the chief medical examiner late Wednesday. But Worrell says authorities believe they are those of the missing man, Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie. The 37-year-old vanished without a trace from his home last Friday.
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Need Help?Even more evidence was discovered just blocks away. Police say they also found body parts inside a dumpster on church property along Trimble Road.
"It's very scary, especially knowing that it's so close to home," said neighbor Melinda Kraft.
"It's very sad. It makes me want to pray for the family members of the person who is deceased," said church member Kelly Bush.
Members of Towne Baptist Church arrived to find services canceled for the night as forensic technicians combed through the church dumpster, searching for evidence.
"That's like what you see on TruTV, the crime scenes on TruTV. You don't expect to see it in your own backyard," said church member Bob Farrington.
No family members were in court Thursday and a private defender represented Kinyua. Kinyua is from Nairobi, Kenya. He's lived in Maryland for nine years. He is a U.S. citizen and full-time student at Morgan State University.
He was calm and said very little to the judge.
WJZ's media partner The Baltimore Sun reports this isn't the first time Kinyua has been charged with a gruesome crime. On May 20, he was charged with first-degree assault and reckless endangerment in Baltimore in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred May 19 at the Thurgood Marshall apartments, according to court records.
In that case, according to police, Kinyua "randomly" attacked another Morgan State student in a doorway of the apartment complex with a baseball bat, then fled into a nearby wooded area. The victim, listed as Joshua Ceasar, suffered fractures to his skull, arm, shoulder, as well as blindness to his left eye. The first responding officer saw Ceasar stumbling toward her, with blood coming from his forehead, and the officer noted a large amount of blood in the doorway.
Kinyua was ordered held on $220,000 bond in that case.
In this case, police say Kinyua is in custody, charged with first-degree murder, but neighbors' nerves are still frayed.
"My heart kind of dropped so this is kind of shocking to me," Kraft said.
WJZ has learned the suspect and the missing man lived at the same address. Right now, their relationship is unclear.