PORT DEPOSIT — A man is facing murder charges after he allegedly stabbed his father to death late Thursday night during a fight at the patriarch’s residence near Port Deposit, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators identified the victim as 47-year-old Ralph Ford, whom CCSO deputies found lying in the front yard of his residence in the unit block of Lagoon Drive at approximately 10 p.m., after receiving a call about a stabbing that had occurred at that address, reported CCSO Capt. Stephen Brownhill, an agency spokesman.
“The victim had a stab wound to his torso,” Brownhill said, adding that paramedics pronounced Ford dead at the scene shortly after arriving.
CCSO investigators arrested the murder suspect — Zachary Dylan Michael Ford, 21 — at the scene, shortly after he had implicated himself in the fatal stabbing, police reported. (Zachary Ford lives in the unit block of Brenda Street, which, located in the same mobile home park, is a short distance from his father’s residence.)
“One of the people who called 911 was the suspect. During the conversation with the 911 call taker, the suspect indicated he had a knife in his hand, had pulled his knife out and admitted to stabbing the victim,” according to Cecil County District Court records.
The fatal stabbing occurred in front of an unspecified number of witnesses, court records show.
“Members of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office conducted a neighborhood canvass and located witnesses. One witness stated the victim and suspect got into a verbal argument. The argument escalated into a physical confrontation. The witness described seeing the suspect punch the victim in the torso, and the victim immediately began to bleed. At that point, the witness saw the suspect holding a knife in his hand,” court records allege.
CCSO officials have not specified the point of contention that spurred the argument between Zachary Ford and his father.
Zachary Ford is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, according to court records, which further indicate that he remains in the Cecil County Detention Center without bond after his bail review hearing Monday.