Easton man arrested on first degree murder, other charges

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EASTON, Md. – Easton Police say a man is behind bars after he allegedly killed a man and stole his vehicle on Tuesday.

At around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the 100 block of Tred Avon Avenue in reference to a welfare check. On arrival, they found an open door to the rear of the residence, and found 91-year-old Richard Brunkhorst dead inside. An initial investigation revealed that Brunkhorst had injuries consistent with an altercation.

It was also discovered that Brunkhorst’s vehicle had been stolen.

At around 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers with the Maryland Transportation Authority located the vehicle on westbound Route 50 near exit 29 in Anne Arundel County and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, 46-year-old Charles Smullen was taken into custody, and firearms that were stolen from the residence were located in plain view inside the vehicle.

Smullen was charged with first degree murder, first degree burglary, home invasion, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and theft.

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