Police make quick arrest in murder investigation

Man killed in Westminster

WESTMINSTER, Md. -  

Police arrested a man in connection to a Carroll County murder just hours after the incident was reported, authorities said.

Maryland State Police said they responded to a 911 call just after 4:00 a.m. in the 100 block of West Main Street in Westminster Saturday. When officers arrived they found Edward C. Zepp, 61 dead on his back porch. Police said Zepp had trauma to his neck and found evidence of a forced entry.

Witnesses said they heard a struggle occurring in Zepp's apartment around 4:00 a.m. A white man was seen fleeing from the area around the same time.

Just eight hours later Anne Arundel County police arrested a man driving a van erratically in a parking lot in the 4000 block of Ritchie Highway. The van belonged to Edward Zepp, the Westminster murder victim. Anne Arundel County police took the man into custody and contacted Maryland State Police.

Charges are pending against the suspect, who has not been identified.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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