UPDATE: Man Who Reported Burglary Charged in Killing Early Friday In Gaithersburg

Police: A hatchet was used to kill the victim.

A 20-year-old man whom police say called them to report a home burglary has been charged with homicide in the death of another man whose body was found in a wooded area nearby.

The suspect, Claude Alexander Allen, told police that someone tried breaking into his residence and that he killed the intruder, Montgomery County police said.

Police identified the victim as Michael Phillip Harvey, 25, of an unconfirmed address.

Harvey’s body was located behind the residence, according to police spokesperson Angela Cruz.

Officers responded to the call of a burglary in the 7200 block of Cliff Pine Drive at approximately 12:09 a.m., police said. Police say there was no actual burglary and that the caller and the victim knew each other.

The extent of their relationship was unknown. Police say a hatchet was used in the crime.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 10:35 a.m. to identify the victim.

Allison Rawlings May 24, 2013 at 08:49 PM
This murder is nerve racking, far to close to home. We don’t have such things happen in this part of the county. That is only about a mile from my home.
Joe Thomas May 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
No need to worry. This case was your typical black on black crime. Two people who knew each other.


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