EDGEWOOD, Md. (WJZ)– A wild fight between two next door neighbors ends with one person dying.

Weijia Jiang has more on how it happened.

Janette Green is in disbelief after learning her friend 53-year-old Joseph Breckenridge died Tuesday evening, made even more distraught by the bizarre circumstances.

“It just got really rough,” Breckenridge’s neighbor Rhiannon Broadnas said. “They were just holding him down and when the cops got there, he was gone.”

Broadnas watched the scene unfold in the 2000 block of Edgewood’s Rockwell Street.

Police say Breckenridge walked into his next door neighbors’ unlocked home, uninvited. The woman of the house alerted her husband, who asked Breckenridge to leave. When he refused, a fight between the two men broke out.

“It was a struggle. It was physical. There were no weapons involved,” Monica Worrell of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said. “We’ll need to wait for results from the office of the medical examiner to determine what the cause of death is, but science takes time.”

Neighbors say Breckenridge would often walk up and down this street, knocking on doors, trying to get in.

“He would knock on my door,” Angie Epps, Breckenridge’s neighbor, said. “I don’t even know him and he would want to use the phone. ‘Can I use your phone?’ I mean, bang, bang, bang.”

Green says he suffered from mental illness.

“How can I look at Mr. Joe as a criminal?” she said. “He’s never disrespected me. He’d use my phone or I’d give him something to eat.”

Police continue to investigate what went wrong.

“It’s horrible,” Broadnas said. “I didn’t want that man to die. He has a family. Why would I want that on anybody?”

At this point, police do not plan to file any charges in this case, but say that could change depending on what the autopsy report reveals.

Breckenridge was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Comments (6)
  1. Steve Wilson says:

    Substitute “Baltimore City” for “Edgewood” and this becomes an everyday, so-what story.

  2. Use Your Head says:

    A t what point, did the neighbor say to himself: “I’m going to beat the $#!t out of this mentally ill person”?

    Granted, (for the idiots reading this) the man entered the neighbor’s home without permission and refused to leave. Technically, Broadnas had the “legal right” to attack Breckenridge and force him out of his home. However, this man appears to have had a long-standing history in this neighborhood, and was known to suffer from mental illness.
    What ever happened to inviting the man in, and then sending him away with a plate of food? It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that he was looking for human interaction. How much of an imposition is it, to offer a couple minutes of your time, to perhaps give someone less fortunate than ourselves, a reason to be thankful for?

  3. Use Your phone says:

    Dont know exactly what happened there buy if someone comes in your house without your permission then what? Defend yourself from any bodily harm and call the Cops…..It would be hard to refrain from using force ….you have no Idea what there intention’s are…..pick up the newspaper or read the Internet…there are people posing as cops and barging into your home and robbing you….no one deserve to die but this gut Crossed the Line otherwise the Police would have arrested him

    1. Use Kindness says:

      So, just to clarify… you would resort to force, in the same manner as Broadnas, which resulted in the death of a mentally ill person.

  4. End user says:

    Well at least there’s and end to what seemed to be a long standing nuisance.

  5. shanae farabee says:

    I am sad to here he’s gone I was his friend he was not harmful wouldn’t hurt a fly but maybe he should been watched closer after some of these neighbers reports on him knocking on strangers doors.

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