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Md. man arrested after fatal stabbing in Colonial Beach

William H. Baker  (photo: Colonial Beach police)

William H. Baker (photo: Colonial Beach police)

A woman is dead and a suspect is in custody after a fatal stabbing in Colonial Beach early this morning.

According to Chief Kenny Blevins of the Colonial Beach Police Department, Sgt. M.A. Russo observed activity in the parking lot of the Beach Gate Inn in the 800 block of Colonial Avenue in Colonial Beach about 1 a.m.

As he entered the parking lot, he was approached by several people reporting that a woman had been stabbed, Blevins said.

Russo found 46-year-old Elizabeth D. Thompson of Colonial Beach with multiple stab wounds in the parking lot approximately 30 feet from her motel room. Blevins said she was pronounced dead a short time later by Colonial Beach EMS personnel.

Blevins said witnesses were able to provide police with a description of a male and the direction that he fled after the stabbing.

Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said checkpoints were set up along Colonial Avenue and State Route 205 to observe traffic entering and leaving the town as officers and deputies searched the area.

After a nearly five-hour search, Deputy Antwan Smith located a man on foot about 6:05 a.m. at State Route 205 and Darl Circle, about a mile from the scene of the stabbing, Balderson said.

William H. Baker, 49, of Indian Head, Md. was arrested without incident and was charged by the Colonial Beach Police Department with first degree murder and breaking and entering with a weapon with intent to murder.

He is being held at the Northern neck Regional Jail under no bond.

Blevins said Thompson and Baker are acquaintances, but their relationship is unknown at this time.

The case is under investigation by the Colonial Beach Police Department.