Halethorpe homicide victim identified

Posted at 11:24 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 06:32:02-05

Baltimore County police have identified a man found dead inside his Halethrope home Wednesday.

The death of 24-year-old Devin Josiah Crutchfield is being investigated as a homicide.

The news is too fresh for Juanita Livingston, Crutchfield's girlfriend.

"From what I'm hearing, he got stabbed up," said DaShawn James, the victim's best friend.

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Police said only that Crutchfield suffered traumatic injuries.

Officers were called to the home when Crutchfield's roommate, who lived upstairs in the 400 block of Bigley Avenue, called 911 after hearing commotion downstairs. The roommate is not considered a suspect.

There were no signs of forced entry, according to police. Baltimore County police are not saying if the crime was targeted.

Crutchfield's girlfriend shared pictures, saying he was like a stepfather to her two daughters and there was one of him with his friends.

"He was locked up, just came home. He ain't been home no more than a year, for real, and now this happened. I mean, he trying to get his life together," James said.

Online court records show robbery and assault charges from five years ago.

His murder is the second serious incident in the area in less than a week. On December 11, a man was shot in a street robbery. Two suspects ran away and have not been found.

That victim's friend said he's home and improving.

"He started tussling with the guys, trying to get the gun out of the guy's hands.  And that's when the other guy started assaulting him. And when he was on the ground covered up is when the guy took two shots at him," Eric Crawford, a neighbor, said.

Police are asking anyone with information about either case to call 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

**WMAR Staff contributed to this report.