Children found safe after mother slain


their father arrested

January 02, 2007|By Bradley Olson

A man who was being sought in the killing of a Burtonsville woman and the abduction of her three children was arrested last night after he led Montgomery County police on a wild car chase.

Police said the children were found unharmed in the car when it came to a stop in Olney after ramming several police vehicles. An Amber Alert was issued for the children after their mother was found dead in her home early yesterday. Police received a call after the car was seen about 6:15 p.m. in the area of Georgia Avenue and Prince Phillips Drive. Police chased the car after it failed to stop and the pursuit ended when the car came to rest after striking a police cruiser at the end of Viburnum Way, police said.

The car's driver, Kelechi Charles Emeruwa, 41, was arrested; he was to be charged with first-degree murder last night, police said.

The children, who share the last name Emeruwa, are Kelechi Elijah, 4, Tochi Antinnoe, 6, and Jaachi, 8. Police said the suspect is the father of the children.

Police declined to say how Chidiebere Omenihu Ochulo, 36, was killed. She was found dead in her home about 2:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Dunwood Terrace. The children will be placed with child protective services until they can be turned over to relatives, police said.

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