A suspect is in custody and charges are pending in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of a man in Westminster early Saturday morning.
Greg Shipley, a spokesman with Maryland State Police, said the suspect will not be identified until charges are placed against him, which are expected later today. He is in police custody and being returned to Carroll County for further investigation.
The suspect was located by Anne Arundel County Police officers shortly after noon Saturday in a convenience store parking lot in the 4000-block of Ritchie Highway. Anne Arundel County Police had received calls reporting a van being operated erratically. Police responded to the area and found the suspect in the store parking lot with the van. The van belonged to Edward C. Zepp, the Westminster homicide victim. Anne Arundel officers took the suspect into custody without incident and contacted Maryland State Police.
Police said 61 year old Edward Zepp was found early Saturday morning on the porch of his home on West Main Street. He ad apparently been assaulted. Police were called to the home around 4 a.m. to find Zepp lying on the back porch with trauma to his neck.
Investigators say the man lived alone in a downstairs apartment of a two story home. Noises were heard from the victim's apartment that sounded like a struglle early Saturday. Police said the door at the back of the apartment appeared to be damaged.