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.
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.