An 18-year-old man died in the streets of Orange after sustaining injuries from broken glass while crawling through a window after a burglary at a residence on 6th Street in Orange on Wednesday, May 22, police said.
According to a police report from the Orange Police Department, dispatch received a call at approximately 11:06 p.m. in reference to a possible stabbing victim at North 6th Street and West Cherry Avenue in Orange. OPD Officer James Roy responded to the call and reported officers found the teen, identified as 18-year-old Devon Walker of Orange, lying unresponsive in the roadway with “severe lacerations” to the backs of both legs. He was transported to Baptist Hospital in Orange where he was pronounced dead.
Upon investigating of the scene, police reportedly discovered a blood trail leading from where the deceased man was found to a residence in the 800 block of 6th Street. According to police, the blood trail led to a broken window on the west side of the residence, which appeared to have been burglarized. Police determined Walker fatally injured himself with jagged glass when attempting to crawl out of the window while burglarizing the residence, the report stated.
OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave said Walker was not likely alone during the burglary, and he believes as many as five men could have participated. According to one officer, the victim’s partners in crime continued to carry away items from the looted residence, passing their injured cohort as he lay bleeding to death in the street.
Hargrave said the investigation is ongoing.