From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
(November 22, 2011 – Edgewood, MD) At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to burglary in progress in the 2000 block of Rockwell Street in Edgewood, MD. The caller identified that a male had entered her home and was currently being restrained by her husband and a neighbor awaiting police arrival.
When the intruder, identified as Joseph Augustine Breckenridge, age 53, of the 2000 block of Rockwell Street, entered the residence, the female fled to a neighbor’s home, where her husband was visiting at the time. The husband of the woman and a neighbor returned to the residence to find the intruder was still inside. When asked to leave the residence by the husband, Breckenridge refused and a struggle ensued.
When Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene, they found Breckenridge still alive but unconscious. Mr. Breckenridge was transported by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital shortly after 5:30pm on November 22, 2011.
Still considered to be an active investigation until results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) are concluded; detectives of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division consulted with the Harford States Attorney’s Office and it was determined that no charges will be placed at this time.