TOWSON, Md. — A man died after he was found badly injured on the sidewalk of a Towson apartment complex Friday. Now Baltimore County Police are investigating it as a homicide.
Police say someone called at around 9:45 a.m. to report a man lying unconscious and "bleeding profusely" on the sidewalk in the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle, part of the Towsontown Place Apartments. Police say medics responded to perform life saving efforts to the 47-year-old man who appeared to have suffered trauma to his upper body.
"It was in the day time. This guy was just walking. It's not the time you think something like this would happen," said neighbor and Towson University student Max Coplan.
The man was transported to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital where he later died. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. Police were at the complex most of the day and were in and out of the apartment building across the street from the crime scene.
"You always sort of hear about the crime and stuff but the fact that it's right out there makes those statistics very real," said Coplan.
The complex is about 2 miles from the Towson University campus and is a mix of students and families.
One neighbor thinks he knows what happened because of an encounter he had with a man in the neighborhood earlier in the morning.
"As we were standing on the corner, he came up quickly and yelled at me, 'Where do you live? Where do you live?' in a very concerned way," said JD Blewett.
He said it escalated very fast, with the man telling JD that his was on his side of the street.
"He came up and motioned to kick my dog," said Blewett. "He came after me with his knife screaming so I ran back across the street to my apartment and called 911."
He says police responded but couldn't find the man. And then JD heard what happened just a few hours later.
"If I had reacted a little differently, I think I would be in a lot worse trouble than just being sad for someone else's family," said Blewett.
An autopsy Saturday will determine the 47-year-old's cause of death.
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary in that area this morning is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.