Neighbor arrested in Spring Grove stabbing death
MONDAY, DEC. 18 UPDATE:
Southwestern Regional Police arrested a Spring Grove man Sunday, Dec. 17, and charged him with homicide for the stabbing death of his neighbor a day earlier.
Officers dispatched to 82 N. Main St. found the body of 24-year-old Samantha Stein just after 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, according to police.
Three children under the age of 11 were in the home at the time but were unharmed.
Stein was discovered by her boyfriend, according to Southwestern Regional Sgt. Jamie Stalcup.
Officers arrested Ray Heck Sr., 59, at about 6 p.m. Sunday at his home in the first block of North Main Street in Spring Grove, less than a block from Stein’s home, the department stated in a news release.
Key to the investigation was a video showing someone entering and leaving Stein’s home, according to the release.
Investigators recovered other evidence, including a knife believed to be the homicide weapon and clothing worn by the suspect at the time of the homicide, police said. All of the items were located in the area of Heck’s home.
Heck and Stein were acquaintances “due to the proximity of their homes,” according to police, but investigators still do not have a motive for the crime.
Heck is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He was taken to central booking.
Stalcup held a news conference hours after Stein’s body was discovered, saying investigators believe she was targeted and her death could be related to several incidents that happened within the past three months.
"We had an arson at the residence next to this and several criminal mischiefs," he said. These included recent incidents of vandalism to the victim's cars.
Billie Jo Barrett, who lived next door to Stein, was concerned about the arson, so she went with a neighbor and spoke about it at the last borough council meeting.
Barrett said Stein and her boyfriend had been planning to move into the house next door to where they currently lived.
"They were set to move in the next day," she said, adding they had their sofa and refrigerator moved in before arson destroyed the first floor of the home.
"She was just a nice person," Barrett said.
She said she would see Stein outside and ask about her kids. She said Stein was a quiet person and proud to be a stay-at-home mother.
Barrett also mentioned the vandalism — someone had put sugar and bleach in the gas tanks of Stein's cars.
"The neighborhood is so concerned," she said.
The York County District Attorney’s Office, coroner’s office, county detectives and the county’s forensics team assisted in the investigation, according to Southwestern Regional.