Police make arrest in Hagerstown's seventh homicide of 2017

Details are preliminary, but it's believed the stabbing took place over money

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - In Hagerstown, the police department made an arrest in their seventh homicide of the year. 

Many details in this case are still preliminary, but police believe the suspect may have murdered the victim over money. 

Thirty-three-year old Jack Lee Phillips, Jr., of Hagerstown, was arrested for the murder of 42-year old Suzanne Marie Jones, of Hagerstown, last night at the Days Inn located at 1101 Dual Highway.

"Detectives did a great job investigating this. They talked to the victim's friends and associates and were able to be led to the Days Inn at 1101 Dual Highway," said Heather Aleshire, Hagerstown Police Deparment, Spokesperson. 

Seven hours earlier, police received a call at 7 p.m. for an assault in progress at 382 South Cleveland Avenue. When they arrived, they found Jones in suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Meritus Medical Center, where she later died.

"This is a random act. We believe he sought her out for whatever reason. So, there is no real concern to the public at this point," Aleshire said. 

Witnesses told police that a black man wearing a hoodie, yellow t-shirt and blue jeans was seen running from the area. Police said that description matched the man the victim's friends described as a possible person of interest -- Phillips, Jr. 

"It's a terrible game, but kudos to our detective [and] the officers involved for their diligent work [and] they effort they put in. I mean, to have a suspect in custody during that time frame is just remarkable," Aleshire said. 

Phillips, Jr. was charged with first and second-degree murder, robbery and second-degree assault.

He's being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center. 

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