Police have charged a New York man with murder in the stabbing death of a co-cleaning crew worker at an Eldersburg grocery late Tuesday, according to the Maryland State Police.
Zamani Lawson, 26, of Jamaica, N.Y., was charged Wednesday with the second-degree murder of a 22-year-old fellow employee from Brooklyn, N.Y., who police have declined to identity pending notification of relatives.
The slaying occurred at where the two men were working a night shift as contract cleaning workers, police said.
Lawson was found in front of the store with blood on his shirt, and the victim was found in a storage area with several stab wounds in the torso, police said.
The victim was flown to Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster and pronounced dead.
Lawson was arrested at the scene and investigators recovered what appeared to be a kitchen knife outside the store, police said.
Witnesses say the men were arguing loudly before they started fighting.
Officials said the store is open 24 hours, but no customers were in the storage area where the stabbing happened. The store was closed temporarily but has since reopened.
Lawson is being held until an initial appearance before a court commissioner, according to WBAL-TV.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and were assisted by:
- Members of the State Police Westminster Barrack Criminal Investigation Section
- Crime scene technicians from the State Police Forensic Sciences Division
- Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime scene technicians
- A member of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.
This information was provided in a Maryland State Police press release.