Things are getting crazy here in Baltimore County, as we vie with the City for the honor of being named Crime Capital of Central Maryland.
The other night down in Essex, Mr Kenneth David Cox, 24, broke into a man's apartment on Strawflower Court. Speaking of court - talk about irony - Cox had been to court 24 times for his various activities, prior to the untimely end of his life on Saturday.
Along with a colleague in crime, Cox entered the apartment of the still-unidentified citizen. The citizen was shot several times. He did not have access to a gun, so he grabbed a blunt object - perhaps a rod of some sort - and taught Mr Cox the last lesson of his life. It's sad, because, certainly, someone out there loves Cox.
At first, people surmised that it was the other way around, that the apartment dweller had beaten off Cox with a pistol, but that thesis became inoperative when the police announced that the unarmed person emerged victorious. Cox's sidekick ran off into the night and has yet to be apprehended.
What was the blunt object that was used to subdue the hardened criminal Cox? We may never know, but the standard storyline that shows people turning back marauders with their firearms got turned back this time.