Crime Watch


March 26, 2007

Elkton man sought in fatal shooting

RISING SUN -- The Cecil County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant charging an Elkton man with the robbery and fatal shooting of a Rising Sun man outside the victim's home Saturday night, a sheriff's office investigator said.

About 10:45 p.m., Rising Sun police and county sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a man shot outside his home in the first block of Sun Valley Circle, said Detective Sgt. Bernard Chiominto, a sheriff's office investigator.

They found the victim lying unconscious in his front yard and bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, said Chiominto.

Chiominto said the victim, identified as Timothy P. Mussleman, 27, was taken by ambulance to Union Hospital in Elkton, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Chiominto said an investigation revealed the victim and the suspect, Matthew J. Blackburn, 20, of Elkton, met at the victim's home about 10 p.m. and together went to a Rising Sun bank, where Mussleman withdrew several hundred dollars from an automated teller machine.

The detective declined to give a reason for the withdrawal of the money, but said the withdrawal was recorded on videotape showing both men at the bank.

Chiominto said Mussleman and Blackburn returned to Mussleman's home, where Mussleman was shot and robbed of the money in front of the house.

This is the fourth homicide in Cecil County this year.

Chiominto asked anyone who knows Blackburn's whereabouts to call the sheriff's office at 410-996-5500 or his office at 410-392-2104.

Boyfriend charged in death

PORT DEPOSIT -- A Port Deposit man stabbed his girlfriend to death and then apparently turned the knife on himself, according to state police.

Troopers, responding to a 911 call Saturday from a man who said he had stabbed himself, found Brian Jordan, 25, just outside an apartment door with multiple stab wounds, police said. Just inside the door, they found the body of Cheryl Whalen, 42. Their young son was found unharmed and asleep in his room.

Jordan was taken to Christiana Hospital in Delaware with life-threatening wounds, police said. Police have obtained a warrant charging Jordan with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The boy was turned over to the Department of Social Services.

Jordan and Whalen had been romantically involved for more than four years, police said. A motive hasn't been determined yet and there is no record of a protective order involving the two, police said.

A cause and manner of death have not been determined. Whalen's body has been taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Associated Press

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