BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE BEAT: Jilted beau Joseph Principio attacked ex and her new boyfriend in armed home invasion and ended up dead

BALTIMORE COUNTY POLICE BEAT:  Jilted beau Joseph Principio attacked ex and her new boyfriend in armed home invasion and ended up dead

ESSEX, MD. – When an armed man decided to invade his ex-gal’s residence with a gun to confront her and her new boyfriend, things didn’t work out as he planned. The armed intruder’s burst into the home has been resolved with him laid out on the cold hard slab in the Office of the Chief Medical examiner as a lesson for all those who wish to crash into the domicile of another.

Just after 8:00 p.m. on December 30, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to the 100-block of Bennett Road, 21221 for a disturbance involving a gun. Homicide detectives were able to determine the following details.

Joseph William Principio, 62, of the 7600-block of Holly Ridge Drive, Essex, Md., came to his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Bennett Road, while she and her current boyfriend were inside the house. Principio forced his way inside the home when his ex-girlfriend answered the door. Principio, armed with a handgun, began to assault the current boyfriend once inside the house. During an altercation between Principio and the current boyfriend, the current boyfriend was able to hold Principio down until police arrived.


Joseph Principio was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. Due to injuries to his upper body and arms, the current boyfriend was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The handgun was recovered by responding officers. None of the individuals suffered any injuries from gunfire, it is believed that the weapon was not fired during the altercation. Detectives will continue their investigation and await the autopsy to be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Baltimore County Police say that no criminal charges have been filed at this time.

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