Chester man stabbed in argument
CHESTER — A Chester man was critically wounded when he was stabbed in the chest late Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, according to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. He remained in serious condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Tuesday, Nov. 7, hospital officials said.
Police and emergency services responded to the 7-Eleven on Dominion Road for a 911 call at 4:46 p.m., said Tyler Patton, sheriff’s office spokesman.
Joseph Lanfranchi Jr. of Chester, 31, had been stabbed with a knife in his upper torso, Patton said.
A Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department ambulance took Lanfranchi from 7-Eleven to Bay Bridge Airport to meet a Mar yland State Police helicopter, which flew him to Shock Trauma for treatment.
The stabbing occurred in the Kent Towne Market shopping center, between the Dollar Tree and 7-Eleven, and Lanfranchi went to 7-Eleven to call for help, Patton said.
The suspect was identified as Stephen Lee Blake of Arnold, 35, Patton said. Witnesses provided a description, and Blake was taken into custody in the area of Calvert Road, off Dominion Road, before 6 p.m.
“It seems to be a personal argument. They were acquaintances; they knew each other,” Patton said.
Blake has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon with intent to do harm.
Blake is being held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center on no bond.
Detective First Class Jason Rickard is leading the investigation for the sheriff’s office. In addition to the sheriff’s office and KIVFD, Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services assisted with the call.
“I am very proud of the Queen Anne’s County deputies and our allied agencies for their fast reaction to this crime. We identified and apprehended the suspect promptly and made sure there was no further danger to our community or citizens in the area. This is great police work and what the citizens of Queen Anne’s County should expect from our agency,” said Sheriff Gary Hofmann in a statement Sunday.
While several social media posts made reference to an attempted robbery, deputies have found no evidence to suggest a robbery attempt was involved in the stabbing, Patton said.
Police cars block the entrance to 7-Eleven on Dominion Road after a stabbing nearby on Saturday, Nov. 4. Flags in front of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse and throughout the country were flown at half-staff on Monday, Nov. 6, to honor the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting that occurred on Sunday morning at First Baptist Church. Flags will be lowered through sunset on Thursday, Nov. 9.