Arrest made in fatal stabbing of Reisterstown property manager

Baltimore County charged a man in the June fatal stabbing of a townhouse property manager in a Reisterstown leasing office, though officials said Wednesday they "cannot speculate about the motive."

Rashaan M. Williams, 27, of the Milford Mill area, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melinda Schaefer, 29. Schaefer was stabbed in the head and upper body and she was found face down in a pool of blood by a janitor in the morning of June 14, police have said. Signs of a struggle in the Townes at Harvestview leasing office were apparent, police said, with Schaefer's chair overturned and a desk pushed across the room.

Police said Williams was a maintenance worker at the Townes at Harvestview. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, and no attorney was listed for him in court records.

In charging documents, investigators said that Williams got the company credit card from Schaefer and used it to buy batteries at a nearby Dollar General store in the morning of June 14, which was captured on the store's surveillance tape. Shortly after, he returned to the rental office, at which time police believe he killed Schaefer.

Williams told investigators he spoke with Schaefer for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving to go to a Home Depot, though he did not admit involvement in the murder. Surveillance tape from the Home Depot showed that Williams did go there later in the morning, but he had changed into different clothes, according to charging documents. When police interviewed Williams later that day, he was wearing the new change of clothes.

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