One man dead, suspect charged after YMCA stabbing




EASTON, Md. – Police in Easton have been working around the clock to figure out exactly what happened inside of an Easton YMCA after an attack left one man dead and has now turned into a homicide investigation. Police say it all started Thursday morning when they responded to the popular gym after two men got into a fight in the locker room, one being stabbed.

“On[Thursday] just before 8 o’clock in the morning, officers were dispatched and responded to the YMCA here in Talbot County for some sort of an altercation,” Gregory Wright, Deputy Chief with the Easton Police Department, said.

Once on scene, police say they found the suspect, 31-year-old Andre LaMont Price Jefferson, unresponsive in the lobby. They say they then found the victim, 72-year-old John Joseph Cassidy, in the men’s locker room suffering from obvious injuries. Police say Cassidy was stabbed, with multiple lacerations. Allegedly Jefferson tried to leave the YMCA but other members stopped him.

Both men were taken to a nearby hospital and that’s where police say this fight turned into a homicide investigation.

“Once the victim and the suspect were transported to Easton Memorial Hospital, the victim later succumbed to his injuries,” Wright said.

Police say they continue to speak to witnesses who were at the YMCA Thursday morning and will also offer counseling services for anyone who may need it.

“The crime scene is being processed and several witnesses are being interviewed in Easton, and we do have grief counselors here now,” Wright said.

And while police continue to investigate what happened, residents in Easton say they’re shocked to see this happen in their community.

“We’re smaller, and it shouldn’t be going on here,” Harry Henkel, an Easton resident, said.

31 year-old Andre Lamont Price Jefferson of easton is charged with 1st Degree Murder, 1st and 2nd degree Assault, Armed Robbery, Robbery, Reckless Endangerment, Wear and carry a concealed weapon, attempted theft under $100.00

The YMCA will be closed until further notice, but customers can check social media for any news about the gym reopening.

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