Dix Hills Man Arrested for Assaulting Mother; Brother Found Dead at Home

DIX HILLS – 3 Norman Court / Saturday, July 19, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives have arrested an 18-year-old Dix Hills man for assaulting his mother and they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the suspect’s 15-year-old brother.


mug shot of Charles Okonkwo. Okonkwo was charged with Assault 2nd Degree

Second Precinct police officers responded to 3 Norman Court, Dix Hills yesterday after Charles Okonkwo, 62, called to report that he had just returned home from a hospital stay and discovered his son, Bradley Okonkwo, 15, dead and his wife, Chinwe Okonkwo, 52, unconscious with severe head injuries. The couple’s other son, Charles Okonkwo, 18, appeared to have fled the scene in a green 2002 BMW X5.

Bradley Okonkwo was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Chinwe Okonkwo was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where she is listed in serious condition.

Police officers from the Second Precinct Crime Section located Charles Okonkwo near his vehicle a short distance from the home. He was transported to Police Headquarters in Yaphank where he was charged with Assault 2nd Degree.

Bradley Okonkwo’s cause of death could not be determined at the scene and an autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.

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Case Number: JJ/0520