Intruder dies after attempted home invasion

Man possibly injured by occupants in the house

February 28, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

One of two men who broke into a Southwest Baltimore house yesterday evening during an attempted home-invasion robbery died later at an area hospital, possibly from injuries sustained while being restrained by occupants there, police said.

The incident began shortly before 5:30 p.m. when the intruders, one carrying a baseball bat, knocked on the front door of a house in the 1800 block of Sexton St. in Morrell Park, police said.

When a male occupant answered, the pair attempted to force their way in, police said.

In a preliminary account, police said several male occupants confronted the intruders and that one of the intruders was thrown to the floor and restrained while someone called the police. During the confusion, the second intruder fled, police said.

The intruder who was being held had difficulty breathing and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later. Police said the man might have sustained a neck injury resulting in asphyxia and that an autopsy will be performed today.

The state's attorney's office will review the incident to determine whether charges will be filed, police said.

Identities of the occupants and the man who died were not immediately released.

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