A father who murdered the mother of his children and his daughter reportedly chanted “Allahu Akbar” as he committed the crime and when police arrested him, authorities in Florida say.
The man, Robert Oneal (pictured above), was arguing with his girlfriend Kenyatta Barron in the front yard of their Summerfield, Florida home when witnesses say he pulled a gun and shot her.
Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a combative Oneal had set the home on fire. Inside, they found his daughter stabbed to death and his eight-year-old son seriously injured. Although the young boy suffered stab wounds, he is expected to survive.
Oneal is now facing murder charges. He has an arrest record, but no public record of mental illness or a conversion to Islam. It is not clear what triggered Oneal to attempt to kill his family.
By Monday morning, Oneal had been booked into the Hillsborough County jail on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, arson and resisting arrest.
The first of two bizzare 911 calls came about 11:43 p.m.
A female caller pleaded for help, saying she had been shot, and a male is overheard in the background yelling, “Allah Akbar,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office gave this account of what happened next:
At one point, the female caller seems to say, “I’m so sorry Ronnie,” as she screams loudly. A male can be heard saying, “She killed me,” and, “Don’t come outside, call 911 now,” according to the news release.
In a second call, about 11:51 p.m., a male caller says, “I’ve just been attacked by some white demons.” He then says, “Her name is Ke-Ke and she tried to kill me and I just killed her.”
The caller provided an address, 13248 Pike Lake Dr., and then the line went dead. The number was later confirmed as belonging to Oneal.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene about 11:49 p.m. to find Barron in the front yard of a house next door, at 13246 Pike Lake Dr. Deputies and a crew from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue were helping her when they noticed what appeared to be a fire starting in the home at 13248 Pike Lake Dr.
Deputies forced their way into the home just as the automatic garage door opened and Oneal walked out toward them.
Deputies ordered him to stop and get on the ground a number of times but he ignored them, so they fired their electronic weapons, incapacitating him, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Oneal was placed in the back of a deputy’s vehicle and began repeating, “Allah Akbar,” deputies said. The Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” means “God is greatest.”
After Oneal killed his family and stabbed his son, he tried to burn down his house. When he was arrested, he was covered with blood and gasoline and had several burns himself, likely when he tried to start the fire.
As firefighters entered the house, a boy later identified as Ronnie Oneal IV, apparently suffering from burns and stab wounds, walked out, saying, “My father shot my mother.”
Firefighters also found the body of a girl inside the home, the victim of stab wounds, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was later identified as the daughter of Oneal and Barron but the Sheriff’s Office had not released her name by Monday evening.
Both Barron and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office later determined the woman and girl were victims of a homicide.
Ronnie Oneal IV had been stabbed in the torso and neck and was listed in stable condition, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Oneal has been arrested three times before in Florida on charges of obtaining food or lodging with intent to defraud, marijuana possession and driving without a valid license, state records show. He was last arrested in Hillsborough County in 2009.
In 2012, a Hillsborough judge ruling on a paternity petition filed by Barron found that Ronnie Oneal IV was Oneal’s biological son and ordered the elder Oneal to pay monthly child support for the boy and another child, court records show.
Last October, a judge found that Oneal was delinquent in child support payments to Barron and ordered him to pay $1,735.32 that was due, records show.
The couple were not married, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
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