Ch­ester man stabbed in ar­gu­ment

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Calendar - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

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