ROCKVILLE, Md. - Police have arrested a Rockville man in the death of his 81-year-old mother after they responded to a house fire at her home.
Hani Haleem was charged with first-degree murder Thursday after police say he admitted to repeatedly stabbing his mother, Somaya Haleem. Authorities believe Hani Haleem set the house on fire, possibly to cover up the stabbing.
The 57-year-old Haleem is set for a bond hearing in Montgomery County court Friday. An attorney hasn't been listed for him.
His arrest came after fire crews responded to the home early Thursday and found Haleem's mother in a second-floor bedroom.
The fire became so intense, they rescued her through a window and down a ladder.
Investigators are working to determine whether she died of stab wounds or injuries from the fire.