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Sunday, October 05, 2014


(GAMBER, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have arrested and charged two suspects in connection with the overnight homicide in Carroll County.

The suspects arrested are identified as Lester A. Snyder, 26, and Meghan R. Goforth, 26, both of Windsor Mill, Md. After consultation with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, State Police homicide investigators charged each suspect with felony murder, second degree murder, armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and accessory after the fact. An additional charge of first degree murder was filed against Snyder. Both will be taken to the Carroll County central booking facility for processing and an initial appearance before a court commissioner later today.

The suspects are charged in connection with the death of Luis J. Pol, 23, of the Bronx, NY. Shortly before 11:00 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police from the Westminster Barrack responded to a 911 call from a motorist on Rt. 32 at Nicodemus Road, near Gamber, Md. Responding troopers found a man, later identified as Pol, lying in the roadway. The victim had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Goforth was initially taken into custody overnight by Baltimore County Police, who found her with a car matching the description of the one observed at the scene of the murder. She was transported to the State Police Westminster Barrack and has been in police custody since.

After further investigation by State Police, Snyder was developed as a suspect. Members of the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team located Snyder shortly after 1:00 p.m. today at his residence. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Westminster Barrack. State Police obtained and served a search warrant at Snyder’s residence this afternoon. A firearm has not been recovered.

The preliminary investigation indicates Snyder and Goforth were currently living together and were acquaintances of Pol. Although Pol was from New York, he had been staying recently with friends in the Gamber area. At this time, investigators believe the motive for the crime was robbery.

Anyone who may have been driving along Rt. 32 in the area of Nicodemus Road between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Saturday, is urged to contact Maryland State Police at 410-386-3000. Anyone with information about the person or persons responsible for the murder is urged to contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information.

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