|John Richard Hill Jr|
CRISFIELD, Md.- A suspect is facing murder and related charges in connection with a weekend fatal stabbing that occurred at the Pines Motel on North Somerset Avenue in Crisfield.
At around 9:14 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Crisfield police officers responded to the Pines Motel for several 911 hangups and a possible stabbing. Police said that when officers arrived on the scene, several occupants of the Pines Motel were screaming that someone had just stabbed a man. Witnesses described the suspect as a white male wearing red pajama pants and a white T-shirt. Officers located the suspect and took him into custody pending further investigation.
Other officers went to the aid of the victim. Police said the victim, who was lying on the second floor landing of the motel, sustained approximately two stab wounds underneath the arm pit area of his body.
EMS personnel responded to the crime scene and transported the victim to McCready Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 9:58 p.m. The deceased has been transported to the State Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The Maryland State Police Crime Lab processed the scene. The weapon used in the stabbing was recovered from the scene, police said.
According to police, an investigation revealed that there was an argument between the victim and the suspect that led to a fight, which led to the suspect picking up a kitchen knife and stabbing the victim.
The suspect in the stabbing, 39-year-old John Richard Hill Jr., of 220 East Main St., Apt. 1, Crisfield, was charged with first- and second-degree murder, attempted first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
Hill is being held without bond at the Somerset County Detention Center.
This is the first murder in Crisfield since 2005, according to Police Chief Michael Tabor.