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Break-in suspect died of 'positional asphyxiation'

Posted August 25, 2008

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— The state medical examiner has determined that a Linden man who died early Saturday morning after breaking into a shed died of “positional asphyxiation.”

Robert Lee Hubbard, 23, of the 8200 block of Carlos Drive, broke in to a shed being used as a temporary house at the 9400 block of Hillsboro Street, authorities said.

Michael Crosby, 51, and his brother, Joseph Crosby, 55, were using the shed as a temporary residence while Michael Crosby's house was under construction.

The brothers told Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies that Hubbard forced his way into the shed and attacked them with what appeared to be a tire iron.

The brothers subdued Hubbard until authorities arrived. Hubbard died before authorities got to the scene, officials said.

An ambulance took Michael Crosby to a local hospital for treatment. He received several sutures to his head and was later released.

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  • Xiaoding Aug 26, 2008

    "Don't make me laugh. That's my whole point. This guy had no qualified judge or court appearance, and he had no attorney.

    I'm not saying he was in the right, because he wasn't; but the two guys who subdued him weren't either."

    You must be shrooming.

    Trials come later, after someone is arrested and detained. NOT at the scene of the crime, while it is being committed! The right to a fair trial is not the concern of the victim of an attack! You are living on some other world. And, I might add, you have lost all moral authority, REVERAND, by equating the rights of the attacker with those of the attacked. How very blind of you.

  • sweetsea Aug 26, 2008

    When you cross a person's threshold in the middle of the night swinging a tire iron don't expect public sympathy. Had he beaten the two brothers, who were senior citizens, it would have been just a "thats too bad scenario". In this case they defended themselves and the criminal paid the price and I doubt that the community has lost a thing with his demise. I would even suspect that his demise will improve the quality of life in that community. Hats off to the two brothers for fighting back against a much younger and stronger adversary. I am too old to fight so I would just have to shoot the buzzard.

  • jallen3302 Aug 25, 2008

    "...Sounds like homicide to me. Wonder what will go forward on this.

    Praying for both families.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    Click to view my profile Rev. RB
    GOLO member since July 2, 2007
    August 25, 2008 10:21 a.m"

    "...How do YOU know that? Were you there???

    It sounds to me like someone held this man the wrong way. Whether intentionally or not is something for a jury to decide after hearing all the facts. It's not open for debate by those who have not because that's not the way our justice system works.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB
    Click to view my profile Rev. RB
    GOLO member since July 2, 2007
    August 25, 2008 10:23 a.m."

    Somewhat contradictory there, 1st you're sure that it was homicide but then, 2 minutes (or less) later, we should let the jury decide after hearing all the facts.

    I point this out not to criticize Rev RB, but just to make a larger point for all of the commenters - PLEASE read all of not only the story, but all of the previous comments as well before clicking the send button

  • RonnieR Aug 25, 2008

    rev, apparently that attorney did not teach you that it is break OR enter, not break and enter!

  • Timetogo Aug 25, 2008

    I don't see how the brothers can be charged with anything. Didn't one get wounded? Sounds like a self-defence argument to me!

  • OSX Aug 25, 2008

    Rev RB... I enjoy reading what you have to say. I just don't agree with you on this. These two guys were at HOME and this guy broke in. It might be only a shed but that was their home for now. Why did this guy break in? I am sure it was for nothing good. He got what he deserved because he took the risk and lost. He didn't have to die but he played the odds and lost.

    I don't know what else you can say about it.

  • familyfour Aug 25, 2008

    ....you have no idea if this guy was high on meth....

    Have you seen his mugshot?....a picture is worth a thousand words, and he's got "the look"

  • Viewer Aug 25, 2008

    Two against one? How unfair! One 22 year old versus two 50+ year olds. They definitely were out numbered, but they prevailed anyway.

  • Adelinthe Aug 25, 2008

    Xiaoding - "You have no idea if this guy was high on meth..."

    You don't know that either.

    "Judge not, Rev."

    Don't make me laugh. That's my whole point. This guy had no qualified judge or court appearance, and he had no attorney.

    I'm not saying he was in the right, because he wasn't; but the two guys who subdued him weren't either.

    In fact, there were no heroes in this altercation.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Aug 25, 2008

    "...when someone enters another person's home, the intruder has given up the rights they have in public."

    They haven't given up their rights to a trial.

    And THAT is my point.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

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