Homicide arrest in stabbing of pregnant woman

IMAGE: Left to right: Maria Veronica Mbunga, deceased, and Thierry Kinshala Nkusu, charged with homicide. Photos TPPD.

APR 28 — Takoma Park Police detectives arrested and charged Thierry Kinshala Nkusu, 33, of Silver Spring, MD, with 2nd degree murder around 3 a.m. Further charges are pending. Nkusu is being held on a $5 million dollar bond, with travel restrictions.

Police identified the victim as Maria Veronica Mbunga, 36, of Takoma Park, Maryland. Mbunga succumbed to her injuries. Mbunga was pregnant, the fetus did not survive. She was employed by Montgomery County Public School Transportation System as a bus driver.

City police responded to a “suspicious situation” yesterday, April 27, around 2 p.m. at a building on the 600 block of Houston Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.

Police discovered Mbunga suffering from multiple stab wounds. They found Nkusu, who had less serious stab wounds, near the building’s elevator lobby. Both were transported to hospital where Mbunga succumbed to her injuries.

Nkusu did not require surgery. An April 28 police statement says that after being transported to the hospital, Nkusu’s knife wounds were found to be superficial. The wounds did not correlate with his account, say the police.  He was transported from the hospital to the Takoma Park Police Department where he was taken into custody, arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.

Comments on the TPPD Facebook page announcement of the arrest have expressed grief and shock from relatives, friends and the local African immigrant community.

Takoma Park police say the investigation is on-going.