State police probe homicide in Westminster

A 40-year-old man was found stabbed to death early Saturday in an apartment in Westminster, according to police.

Greg Shipley, a Maryland State Police spokesman, identified the victim as Steven R. Hobson. A cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is performed at the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Shipley said that shortly before 2:30 a.m., Westminster police officers were summoned by a 911 call to a residential and commercial building in the first block of E. Main St. When they arrived, the officers found Hobson in his apartment, his shirt and pants spattered with blood. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives believe Hobson was unemployed and lived alone. A motive for the murder remains unclear.

Police said the assault appeared to have occurred only a short time before they were called. Investigators spent the day interviewing residents in the building's 13 other apartments and reviewing evidence obtained at the scene.

Westminster Police Chief Jeffrey Spaulding contacted the Maryland State Police and asked that the investigation be conducted by that agency's homicide unit. Westminster officers and detectives were assisting, Shipley said, as are members of the criminal investigation unit of the state police's Westminster Barrack.

No one has been charged, Shipley said. He urged anyone who might have seen Hobson Friday night or early Saturday to contact the Maryland State Police at 410-386-3000 or the Westminster Police Department at 410-848-4646.

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