Police say a Colonial Beach woman was brutally stabbed and killed at a motel early Wednesday morning in front of several witnesses. Elizabeth "Neicey" Thompson died on the scene. Police say this is the first murder the Colonial Beach community has seen in seven years.
It happened at the Beach Gate Motel, just after 1am. Police say William Baker was arrested hours later for the crime.
Wednesday night, family and friends gathered in the very spot where Neicey Thompson fought for her life, celebrating her as a mother and grandmother.
"I just can't believe this," said her son, Michael Clark. "It's like a nightmare I can't wake up from."
Police said Thompson was in her room with her boyfriend Wednesday, when William Baker showed up, forced his way in the room, and likely stabbed her. They say Thompson tried to escape and Baker followed. Neighbors heard what was happening and ran outside to help.
"While he was hitting her she was, "Please call for help! Please call for help" and by the third time she said it her shirt was completely red and we knew that he was stabbing her.," said Alyce, who called 911.
Alyce said she called 911 and that she and her neighbors tried to help, but it all happened so quickly- in less than one minute.
"And while he was stabbing her, he was like "I told ya I was going to kill you. I told you I was going to kill you and within those few seconds he stabbed her about 8 times and walked away!" said Alyce.
Neicey's family members said there were warning signs.
"He kept calling and calling and calling," said Clark. "He threatened calling her, you gonna get yours. F your kids and all that. My mother said to me if anything ever happened to me that I know who did it, but I never thought….I thought she was going to live for a long time."
And Neicey's family said Baker made good on that promise Wednesday morning.
"And when he was done he just wiped it off, put it in his hoodie and casually walked away like nothing had happened!" said Alyce.
"I mean he had no remorse," added Douglas, who also said he saw the stabbing happen. "Did not care. He wanted to do this. He wanted to do what he did."
Police said two people living in the motel chased Baker as he tried to get away, but that he escaped. They also said, in a small town, everyone helps out. They said they got calls all night - possible sightings of Baker-- and that police finally caught up with him here at 6am near Mimosa Avenue.
Baker is now behind bars awaiting arraignment. He faces a First Degree Murder charge and Breaking and Entering with a Weapon with Intent to Murder.
Neicey's family also said Baker has faced charges before. We found a first degree murder charge in Maryland, but no conviction.
From Colonial Beach Police:
On October 3, 2012 at approximately 1am while on patrol in the 800 block of Colonial Avenue, in the Town of Colonial Beach, Sgt. M.A Russo observed activity in the parking lot of The Beach Gate Motel. As Sgt Russo entered the parking lot to investigate the activity he was approached by several subjects reporting that a woman had been stabbed.
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. 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 Ave 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 6am this morning.
At this time, Deputy Antwan Smith, responding to a report located and apprehended without incident William H. Baker age 49 of Indian Head, Maryland.
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 victim and suspect are acquaintances but their relationship at this time is unknown. The incident is still under investigation by the Colonial Beach Police Department.
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