Colonial Beach authorities have charged a Maryland man with first-degree murder following a fatal stabbing in the 800 Block of Colonial Avenue during the early morning hours of Oct. 3.
At approximately 6 a.m. Oct. 3, Westmoreland Deputy Antwan Smith, responding to a report, located and apprehended without incident William H. Baker, 49, of Indian Head, Md. Baker has been charged by Colonial Beach Police with breaking and entering with a weapon with intent to murder and first-degree murder related to the stabbing death of Elizabeth D. Thompson, 46, of Colonial Beach.
The victim and suspect are acquaintances but their relationship at this time is unknown.
While on patrol on Oct. 3, Sgt. M.A. Russo observed activity in the parking lot of The Beach Gate Motel. As he entered the parking lot to investigate the activity, he was approached by several subjects reporting that a woman had been stabbed.
At this time Russo located Thompson in the motel parking lot approximately 30 feet from her room with multiple stab wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by Colonial Beach EMS.
Witnesses were able to provide police with possible suspect information and direction of travel after the suspect fled on foot from the area of the stabbing.
Additional Colonial Beach Police Officers and deputies from the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office responded and immediately began searching the area for the suspect.
Check points were set up on Colonial Avenue and Route 205 observing traffic entering and leaving town as other officers and deputies searched the area of Colonial Avenue and First Street on foot and by vehicle.
Several citizens at the check points reported observing a subject walking in different areas along Route 205 west of Colonial Avenue. All citizen reports were checked by deputies or officers and were unfounded until Smith located Baker.
The incident is still under investigation by the Colonial Beach Police Department.