A Riva man was charged with first-degree murder yesterday after a dispute over a stolen wallet and the drug "loveboat" ended with an Arnold man dead of a stab wound to the chest.
Police said Michael Wilson David Jones, 27, of the first block of Old Frederick Road in Arnold was found lying in his front yard about 1:50 a.m., bleeding from a knife wound. He died 45 minutes later at Anne Arundel Medical Center, police said.
Sgt. Robert Jaschik, head of the Anne Arundel County Police Department's homicide unit, said the victim, two other men and a woman had driven around the area Monday.
"They went to a bar in Annapolis and picked up some liquor," Sergeant Jaschik said. "Then they went to the Annapolis docks for a while and then went to buy some loveboat." Loveboat is a street name for marijuana laced with PCP.
During the night, the driver realized his wallet had been stolen. Sergeant Jaschik said it is not clear if the man thought his companions or someone else had taken his wallet.
"But he became a little perturbed at that and wanted to take everybody home," Sergeant Jaschik said.
When the four reached Mr. Jones' house in Arnold, the victim and the driver quarreled over the driver's refusal to take them back to Annapolis to buy more loveboat, police said. Mr. Jones threw the car keys out of the window of his house. The two men then quarreled outside, police said.
After Mr. Jones punched the other man, police said, he was stabbed in the chest with a large hunting knife with a 9-inch blade. The other man drove away, the sergeant said.
"The victim was able to pull the knife out of his chest, and down he went," the sergeant said.
An off-duty police officer arrested William Alan Graham, 18, of the 100 block of Crane's Crook Lane in his 1985 Chevrolet Camaro five minutes later at Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue in Annapolis, police said. Mr. Graham, questioned at Eastern District station, gave a statement about the stabbing before he was charged and ordered held without bail, Sergeant Jaschik said.
The homicide was the county's sixth this year.