76-year-old man stabbed to death in Baltimore senior housing apartments, leaving residents worried about security

Richard Diggs, 76, was fatally stabbed inside of the Coleman Manor apartments on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2019.

A 76-year-old man was stabbed to death Tuesday at an elderly housing facility, police said, leaving neighbors concerned about security at the facility in the Mondawmin neighborhood.

Richard Diggs was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive around 5:15 p.m. at the Coleman Manor apartments, in the 2200 block of Walbrook Ave. The killing shocked residents of the facility and left many nervous, they said.


“Everybody could barely go to sleep last night because of what happened to Mr. Diggs," said William Chase, 66.

Diggs had lived in his Coleman Manor apartment for 19 years and was getting ready for a doctor’s appointment, said Chase, adding he suspected something was wrong when he didn’t see Diggs come downstairs.


Friends remembered Diggs as quick to lend a hand to others at Coleman Manor.

Chase said when he would bring his granddaughter to the apartment building — Diggs did the best he could to help her with whatever she may have needed at the time.

“I don’t care who it was, he always helped someone out,” Chase said. “He shouldn’t have died like that.”

Gregory Fisher has lived in Coleman Manor for one year and said Diggs would come down to the lobby and sit on a black bench every morning. Both Fisher and Chase remember Diggs being excited about playing bingo every other Wednesday.

Police have not released a motive for the killing or said whether they have any suspects.

But residents said the facility has been plagued by long-standing security issues.


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“The only time we get security is on Friday and Saturday and this [past] weekend, we didn’t get none,” Chase said.

An employee of Coleman Manor, who identified herself only as the property manager, declined to comment.

On Wednesday morning, several Baltimore Police visited the facility, meeting with neighbors and handing out fliers offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for tips leading to an arrest and charges in Diggs’ killing.

Separately on Wednesday, police identified Dayquon Glenn, 24, as the man who was killed in the 2800 block of Dukeland street in West Baltimore during a Monday double shooting.

Police found Glenn suffering from gunshot wounds to the body.

So far this year, 48 people have been killed in Baltimore, compared to 41 people at this time last year, according to Baltimore homicide data.


Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.