Tucked in the woods near the intersection of 8th Avenue and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie, you'll find evidence of people who have bypassed society and crime scene tape now surrounding the place they've called home.
"This was just a sad unfortunate thing that happened, but it was bound to happen because of the type of activity that's allowed to go on there," said longtime resident Jimmy Zane.
Anne Arundel County police responding to a report of an assault there Tuesday night discovered a man, identified as 46-year-old Keith Boggs, suffering from wounds to his head and upper body.
He later died.
Detectives determined that during a fight, 44-year-old Joseph Eugene Wright had picked up a tree limb and had beaten him severely.
The search for Wright would lead them to Gloucester Drive about a mile away.
"We were able to locate the suspect, who was hiding in another house in the area that he knows somebody that lives in that particular house,” said Lt. T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, “He jumped out of a window and tried to flee from police. They were able to catch him after a brief foot pursuit."
Some longtime residents are now critical of police for allowing the disenfranchised to live off the land in the first place.
"As long as the county allows that or doesn't do something about it, that element is like a magnet of criminal activity," Zane said.
But police say if they push the people out of these woods, they'll just set up camp elsewhere.
"No. It's not that easy,” Smith said. “We've identified them. Some people have been banned from there, but we can't arrest our way out of this type of problem. This is a bigger problem than a law enforcement problem."
Wright faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault, and he also had an outstanding warrant for violating his probation.