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Fatal stabbing at Beach Gate Inn in Colonial Beach

The son of victim holds her photo.  

 William H. Baker has been charged with murder.

Thompson's son holds her photo.

As  Elizabeth D. Thompson struggled with her attacker in the early morning hours of Oct. 3, she made a desperate call to  911. According to Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson, “Westmoreland dispatch received a 911 cell phone call, at 1:13 a.m. on October 3, 2012 from the victim herself saying she was being stabbed and it was in progress.”

Immediately, Westmoreland dispatched deputies, Eric Molinares and  Charles Bowles.

According to a press release by Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. On Oct. 3 at approximately 1 a.m. while on patrol in the 800 block of Colonial Avenue, Sgt. M.A Russo observed activity in the parking lot of The Beach Gate Motel.

As Russo entered the parking lot to investigate the activity he was approached by several subjects reporting that a woman had been stabbed.
The victim lay on the ground in the parking lot in a pool of blood about 30 feet from her hotel room.


The release reported: “At this time Sgt. Russo located 46 year old Elizabeth D. Thompson of Colonial Beach in the motel parking lot approximately 30 feet from her room with multiple stab wounds.”

Rescue personnel began manual CPR as soon as they arrived on scene while hotel guests, residents, family and friends stood by. Family members and friends’ emotions moved between hope that she would survive, grief that she might die, and anger at the senseless act of violence.

After approximately 20 minutes rescue personnel used the Lucas 2, a machine used to automatically administer CPR. They then put the patient on a stretcher and into the ambulance.

The ambulance was then moved out of the parking lot and across the street.The son of victim holds her photo.


Approximately 10 minutes after the patient was moved, witnesses thought they spotted the suspect, pointed him out, and one civilian began pursuit, with officers right behind, up Colonial Avenue towards the Beach Gate located at Colonial Avenue and Route 205.

Officers followed but after about 15 minutes searching the surrounding blocks, the suspect had not been apprehended.  

The CBPD press release reported that “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 Rt. 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 reported at the check points observing a subject walking in different areas along Rt. 205 West of  Colonial Avenue. All citizen reports were checked by deputies or officers and were unfounded until approximately 6 a.m. this morning.”

According to Sheriff Balderson, at this time Westmoreland sheriff’s deputy Antwan Smith, observed and approached the individual.  After further investigation Smith arrested the subject who was on foot on Rt. 205 near Darl circle.

Smith arrested the suspect, William H. Baker, age 49, of Indian Head, Md., without incident and turned him over to CBPD.

The CBPD press release states that Mr. Baker has been charged by Colonial Beach Police with 1) Breaking and Entering with a Weapon with Intent to Murder and 2) 1st Degree Murder.

The CBPD release also reports that the victim and suspect were acquaintances but their relationship at this time is unknown. The incident is still under investigation by the Colonial Beach Police Department.

Also responding were Officer Chris Kerns and Westmoreland deputy Robert Pitts.

 

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