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Michael Robertson was arrested by Michigan authorities for the 2017 homicide

Baltimore, Md. (February 3, 2022) – Today, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby joined detectives with the Baltimore City Police Department, Supervisory Special Agent Shayne Buchwald with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and family members of the victim to announce the arrest of Michael Robertson for the murder of Akia Shawnta Eggleston and her unborn child in May of 2017. An arrest is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial.

On May 7, 2017, Akia Shawnta Eggleston, 22, was reported missing by family members after she failed to appear at her baby shower. For several hours, friends and family unsuccessfully tried to locate Eggleston, who was eight months pregnant. The last time anyone reported seeing Eggleston alive was on the afternoon of May 3, 2017.

Mr. Robertson was the father of Ms. Eggleston’s soon-to-be born child. Robertson misled Eggleston into believing that they were moving in together with plans to start a life together. He allegedly concocted an intricate ruse involving a false move-in location that ultimately led to Eggleston withdrawing cash for a down payment for the home. Throughout multiple interviews, Robertson purportedly lied to investigators regarding relevant details of his relationship with Eggleston and actions surrounding her disappearance. The suspicious circumstances of Eggleston's disappearance have garnered national attention from media outlets and victim advocacy groups.

Robertson faces a maximum penalty of two Life sentences in prison if found guilty of all charges which include two counts of First Degree Murder.

Deputy State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund will prosecute this case.

“Let today serve as a reminder to the people of Baltimore City that your State's Attorney's Office will never give up in our fight for justice. This case has been open for nearly five long years leaving this family to search nonstop for their missing daughter.  I applaud the dedication and the outstanding collaboration between my prosecutors, the Baltimore Police Department, the FBI and local Michigan authorities for this arrest.  But, most importantly, I give a special thanks to Ms. Eggleston's family who never gave up. I hope that today’s arrest brings this family one step closer to closure," said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

“This arrest is a testament to the strong, successful partnerships that exist between the Baltimore Police Department and regional law enforcement agencies. It is also an example of the hard work and dedication the entire department puts forth to solve cases,” said Commissioner Michael Harrison. “I want to thank Missing Persons, Homicide Detectives and the FBI for bringing some peace to Akia Eggleston’s family and the State’s Attorney’s Office for bringing charges. It is my hope that we will now be able to gain some answers to long-standing questions in order to bring closure to this case. We continue to work tirelessly to solve cases, make arrests and hold those responsible for criminal behavior to account.”

“For nearly five years the people of Baltimore have searched, hoped and mourned with Akia’s family and friends, but they never gave up, and neither did we,” said Thomas J. Sobocinski, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. “As Akia’s face and story gained national attention, the FBI and our Partners at the Baltimore Police Department were working diligently behind the scenes. Although it’s taken nearly five years, we never let this case go. We hope this arrest serves as a reminder that time does not deter law enforcement efforts and our persistence to find truth and justice.”

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