Woman, 82, stabbed, pulled from burning Rockville home; son charged with killing her


Fire fighters rescued a woman from a Rockville house fire Thursday morning. The woman later died, a spokesman said. (Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

A 57-year-old Rockville man was charged with fatally stabbing his 82-year-old mother and setting fire to their home Thursday morning, Montgomery County police said.

Officials said Hani Haleem admitted to detectives that he repeatedly stabbed his mother, Somaya Haleem. Police interviewed him following a fire at the family’s house in the 4600 block of Iris Street.

Authorities charged Haleem with first-degree murder, officials said in a statement.

Firefighters responded to the Iris Street home about 4:30 a.m. Thursday and pulled Somaya Haleem from a second-floor bedroom. She was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, said Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

Piringer said the fire started in the basement of the home. When firefighters arrived, a man told them his mother was in the bedroom.

Police charged the 82-year-old woman’s son, Hani Haleem, with first-degree murder. (Montgomery County Police Department)

Two firefighters found her and rescued her through a window, Piringer said. Piringer said the two firefighters who aided in the rescue were also taken to the hospital for heat-related injuries.

Fire investigators believe the home, which sustained significant damage in the blaze, did not have working smoke alarms, Piringer said. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Police officials said they believe Hani Haleem intentionally set the fire after fatally stabbing his mother. He is being held without bond pending a bond review hearing scheduled for Friday, police said.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.
Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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