Son, 19, charged in fatal stabbing of father in argument


A 19-year-old Reisterstown man stands accused of fatally stabbing his father after an argument Friday night.

Henry Paul Polk Jr. was charged yesterday with one count of first-degree murder in the death of his father, Henry Paul Polk Sr., 44. The son is being held without bail.

Baltimore County police officers found the elder Polk on the floor of a townhouse in the 100 block of Carolstowne Road, suffering from a chest wound.

Officer Shawn Vinson said the pair had been fighting in the kitchen when the younger man allegedly grabbed a knife. In their struggle, that blade broke and the father ran to the basement to grab a shovel.

Relatives told police that as he climbed the stairs, he was stabbed, Vinson said.

The elder Polk, general sales manager of a Nissan dealership in Edgewood, was remembered yesterday as "a family man and super nice guy."

"Most car guys are buying diamonds and boats. ... Here he was the general manager, and he carried a home-packed lunch ... just so he'd have extra money" for his three teen-age children, said salesman David Reidt.

Polk, who moved his family to Baltimore from upstate New York 18 months ago, was especially proud of his eldest son and namesake, who, Reidt said, was a college student.

"They were really close," Reidt said, "and that's why none of this makes any sense to me."

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