Anne Arundel County Police have charged a Pasadena man in the stabbing death of a female cleaning worker whose body was found Monday morning in a Glen Burnie medical office building, saying the two were involved in the illegal drug trade.
An employee opening a gynecologist's office in the Medical Arts Centre at 325 Hospital Drive found 43-year-old Christi Lynn Pelland of Pasadena dead inside. Pelland had been stabbed more than 30 times, and Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis described the crime scene as "very violent and very bloody."
Detectives narrowed their search for suspects to Pelland's known associates, including 25-year-old Joseph Patrick Soule of the 1700 block of Poplar Ridge Road in Pasadena, who was seen on surveillance video the morning after the murder standing shoe-less outside a Marley Station mall store waiting for it to open, Davis said.
Soule was charged Friday with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was being held Friday at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.
Police said they took him into custody Wednesday on a charge of drug possession and an outstanding warrant from Michigan on a drug charge. A search of his vehicle revealed blood inside that was a match for both him and Pelland, according to charging documents.
Police allege Soule targeted Pelland to attack and rob her of heroin and cash. Soule sometimes helped Pelland with her cleaning business, which would explain why there were no signs of forced entry, Davis said.