Murrieta Man Dies at Hospital Following Street Scuffle

Police say Anthony Norman, 21, was knocking on doors in a neighborhood when residents confronted him.

A 21-year-old Murrieta man died early Christmas morning after he was involved in a confrontation with residents of a neighborhood where he was knocking on doors around midnight, according to police.

Anthony Norman died at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday morning at Inland Valley Medical Center, according to the coroner’s office. Norman suffered a full cardio-respiratory arrest, according to a coroner’s report.

Murrieta police responded to the 39900 block of Candy Apple Way at 12:37 a.m. to investigate reports of a disturbance in the street. When they arrived they found two neighborhood residents restraining Norman in the street.

Police officers were told that Norman had been knocking on doors up and down Candy Apple Way and a resident went outside to investigate, according to police. A fight broke out between Norman and the resident, whose name was not released by police. At some point a second resident joined in the scuffle and the two neighbors restrained Norman.

When officers arrived the found that Norman and a resident had been injured and medics were called to the scene, according to police. Both were taken to Inland Valley Medical Center.

The resident was treated and released.  

A resident on Candy Apple Way told Patch he was not awoken by the disturbance.

"Very quiet neighborhood, very nice neighborhood, lived here 15 years," said Bob, who did not wish to give his last name. "Woke up this morning and my neighbor called and said 'look down the street' and we saw the police there. We didn't hear anything last night."

ksm December 26, 2012 at 10:04 AM
I'd like to start off by saying tony was a dear friend of mine and ill never forget that special laugh he had the power to make me smile and laugh in return when things werent looking up. He's taught me things no one else ever will and he's by far the nicest and most generous guy I've had the privelege to know. What happened that early morning is tragic and deppressing if the word even amounts to what I feel. If your a moron that's going to open you trap about some stupid rumor you made up cause you think you got him figured out, I suggest you promptly stop and don't even comment because its disrespectful. Just because he was mentally ill doesn't mean he was any less than any of us, in fact I like to think it made him better. I miss tony. He was chill and has never shown any type of hostility when I was around. If you don't know his story then I suggest you dig for cold hard facts instead of letting whatever sick rumor you think might be true. Yes its odd for a kid his age to suffer from a full cardiac arrest, but he's suffered enough and you really want add onto it by making false statements about him? Have you no heart? I advise anyone going around saying he was tweaked out to stop for the sake of his spirit and so you don't go making a fool of yourself. I'm gonna miss tony alot. I'm just thankful I got to know him before god decided to bring him home. He's safe now. Leave him alone.
Jesse December 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It is sad that our society can still pass judgment on a person for having a disability, to make matters worse speculate and spread rummors without knowing the facts. May Tony RIP he will be missed by all who know him, he was called and now may he rest without worries in life we will all have in our lifetime. For all those who passed judgement on Tony N.rest asure you will be judged by the man above for your actions when your time is up here on earth!
Jesse December 26, 2012 at 02:43 PM
We would hope that the Murrieta Police will do a compete investigation without prejiduce to a person like Tony that had a mental illness, we are hopefull all the facts will be heard and shared after there investigation into this matter to preserve our our trust in our system. Why a resident would confront a person that was unstable and not in emediate danger to him in the street is unknown till the facts are out.
Fauntleroy Murphy December 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
This is the place for speculation and rumor, if you don't like it, don't read it.
Fauntleroy Murphy December 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Jts, Please don't read the blogs. People will always speculate and at times that can be hurtfull to friends and family even if they mean no disrespect. You can't change what people write so, please stay away from the blogs. It time the record will be set straight, in the mean time the speculation will continue.
Jenna December 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I did not know this person and don't live in the neighborhood but i hope there is a real investigation. Apparently people in the neighborhood knew this guy had a mental illness. The article says he was "knocking" on doors not trying to break down doors or threaten anyone so WHY would someone feel it necessary or prudent to go outside of their house at 12:30 a.m and confront someone they felt "threatened" by ...wouldn't a normal person who felt "threatened" call the police. Sounds really fishy to me. Also sounds like his cardiac failure was due to having the crap beat out of him. What a frickin wonderful world its become when you have to go outside your house on christmas and beat someone to death and then say you felt threatened. Hopefully he will not get away with this
Jenna December 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
no evidence of that, but so what? In case you haven't noticed drug dealing going on everywhere right now. if you think murrieta is above that, think again. but even if drug dealing was going on...NO F'ING EXCUSE TO BEAT A MAN TO DEATH BECAUSE HES KNOCKING ON DOORS. So sick of people trying to excuse evil
addy December 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
WE DONT KNOW THE WHOLE STORY.. If he had a mental illness or health issue then this whole thing is a shame. If he was high on drugs and was just being a punk knocking on doors then it was HIS fault what happened. I just hope the police investigate it and find the truth.
CanesMVP December 26, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Hope police investigate this. This story is sad and whatever the patch writes about is ussually incorrect.
Wayne December 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@Jenna. This guy "Tony" was knocking on doors. And when someone finally answered, Tony started beating the home owner with a pool cue. The homeowner justifiably defended himself and, with the help of others, restrained him until the police arrived.
Jts December 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Murphy I have a right to defend my friend and I really think u should all get life's instead of commenting articles
Jts December 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
He was my friend I've known him for year he had no drug problem he was mentally ill people please let my friend rest in peace he wouldn't even hurt a fly or say anything bad about anybody plz let my friend tony be in peace
David December 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This person wasn't "knocking." He was banging on doors violently - even breaking through the screen door on one. He had already smashed up two cars across the street and was smashing a third. 911 was called immediately. He was bloody and saying things about satan. He attacked a resident with a pool cue when he went outside to see what was going on. I feel truly sorry for this young man, because this was not normal behavior for him. None of us really knew him or recognized him when he was acting in this way in the middle of a dark night. The way neighbors reacted was not with aggression and anger, but to protect their families and, in the case of one brave man, to simply fight for his life when he was attacked and beaten savagely with a pool cue. I hope we can all do more to get to know our neighbors and support one another when emergencies occur. Anthony N. obviously needed more professional help than was being provided and I hope we can do more as a society to help the mentally ill.
Jenna December 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thanks for the clarification. The article makes it sound as though all he was doing was knocking on doors. If someone is breaking your door down and attempting to attack you of course you have to protect yourself and your family. Sure wish these articles could be more clear....Still tragic but you can't blame people from protecting themselves. With all the recent events involving the mentally ill it is clear we as a society are not doing enough to give them the help to protect themselves as well as others. May he rest in peace....
David December 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Oh, btw, the street light is broken in the exact location where this occurred making it nearly pitch black where this event unfolded.
LetsBfair December 26, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Sorry for your loss. My advice to you would be not to read blogs because you don't know who is behind the keyboard. Im praying right now for you, your families and your friends. I'm also praying for all of those on this blog. Again, if you want to keep your sanity during hard times stay away from the blogs. To all of the families involved in this tragedy I pray that you all somehow eventually find some peace. This is a tragedy for all.. God Bless everyone..
Robert Gonzalez December 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
After looking at this guy's facebook profile, I would be very scared if thats what I saw on the other side of the peephole. A few months ago this happened in the part of Murrieta I live in, my neighbor said he had never been so scared in his life. The person thrashing his front door for 5 minutes wouldn't say anything when asked "What do you want?" He ran off right before cops got there, wonder if it was the same kid. Description is very similar.
Fauntleroy Murphy December 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I think you took my comments the wrong way. My point was... you can't win this battle in the blogosphere against an unseen enemy. Family and Friends can be devistated by what people say on blogs. I don't believe the blogs can contribute to their morning and healing process so it MAY be better for most to stay away.
Jeannie escribano December 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Anthony was a child hood friend of my brothers and a neighbor he was troubled yes but still good person. He's mother died when he was very young. Sorry to her of he's passing. My condolences to he's sister brother grandma, grandpa and rest off family. Very sad and tragic end to a troubled man that was just creaming for help he's whole life. There should be a investigation further give he's family peace of mind.
Jeannie escribanoe December 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Anthony was a child hood friend of my brothers and a neighbor he was troubled yes but still good person. He's mother died when he was very young. Sorry to her of he's passing. My condolences to he's sister brother grandma, grandpa and rest off family. Very sad and tragic end to a troubled man that was just creaming for help he's whole life. There should be a investigation further give he's family peace of mind.
Jeannie December 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Anthony was a child hood friend of my brothers and a neighbor he was troubled yes but still good person. He's mother died when he was very young. Sorry to her of he's passing. My condolences to he's sister brother grandma, grandpa and rest off family. Very sad and tragic end to a troubled man that was just creaming for help he's whole life. There should be a investigation further give he's family peace of mind.
Lauren December 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
So sorry for this families loss. I hope the two residents who fought him are charged with some sort of assault....if he was not inside their home, then they had no right to attack him or restrain him until police arrived. This is absolutely ridiculous and heart wrenching. My prayers and thoughts are with Anthony's family.
BRUNO TRAVANTI December 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM
My oh my Jeannie, so many aka's, so liitle to say....and all the same comments to boot. Thanks for taking up all the space on this blog thread, maybe you can think of few more aka's and say the same thing again, real soon!
Lisa December 28, 2012 at 02:27 AM
So sorry to read this. R.I.P. I sure hope that people with mental illness can get the help they need soon ! After everything that has gone on around this world maybe they will now. So sad , prayers go out to the family.
Rosie December 28, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I will pray for this young man, his friends and family. He sounds like he needed to find peace. I think God has a special place in heaven for people like him. Some of you on this blog are really ignorant angry people. Please go get a life or pound sand, which ever suits you. Let's not forget Karma is a bitch.
anonomous December 28, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Just from reading between the lines of all these comments seems plausable tht a couple of neighbors pissed off that tony having some sort if mental episode beating cars decided to take matters into yheir own hands injuring this kid to the point he died now they have to say they felt threatened. The fact that they had him down in the street and they were not even the ones who called 911 says a lot I dont think they intended to kill him but never the less that was the result
Jesse December 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
As the days go by and more info is know it seems like the nighbors involved tried helping thing young man from hurting himslef and others. From what ive heard is that they tried restraining him till the Police arrived and then they took over. What is not known is what technique was aplied. The young man did not pass away till after Police arrived and he may have died in Police custody before he was in route to the hospital. We will have to wait and see what the outcome of the autopsy report is to the couse of death. The Murrieta Police have been known to address the public with prejudice race color and visual appearnce. It waould be good to see the full report from the police of the events of that night.
Vicki Torrescano December 30, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Anthony Norman lived with us as part of our family. Tony taught me so much about acceptance and understanding. Although this is no longer "the latest news", I would like the truth revealed. The autopsy revealed Tony dies of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart. NO ILLICIT DRUGS WERE INVOLVED. Just a terrified young man with mental illness. I would like to thank our neighbors for their support and understanding. The people involved did what they did in an effort to get Tony help. The Murrieta Police and the paramedics had no part in his unfortunate death. Uninformed and Unkind people made this more painful for those who knew him. Be Free Tony... Enjoy Eternal Life With The Lord, and "We'll see you when we get There".
Scott s December 30, 2012 at 09:51 AM
I had a short time to know Tony, being in the house of my children and ex wife I got to see him in a daily manner. He was kind and unassuming. As a Retired Navy SEAL, I would be very cautious to anyone in my kids home and though I thought Tony needed allot of help he surely was not violent. I do take offense to the negative portrayal of Tony on here as if you do not now him the is no way you can pass judgement on him. Saying this he was confused and should have had greater help. In my opinion his family should have given him greater care that he deserved and not left it up to my son and his mother. No one is to blame as this is on him alone but all of us need to take a lesson from this and help our family members in need. Do not wait for one day to get there meds or what they need. Do not play off their cries to you..Use this incident as your wake up call for compassion, help and understanding...
Brenda March 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
This is an incrediably sad story for everyone involved. Our State, County, Country does NOT have help for mentally, physically disabled, and our elderly persons. We used to years back when we werent giving billions away to other countries and supporting their people. I have known MANY friends who have filed bankruptcy, give up a child to the state so they could recieve the care neede. Seen them get rejected for services on their medical insurance because they SAW NO BENEFIT FROM TREATMENT, otherwise chaulked off as a lost cause. Some parents, spouses, have done everything to get a family member help, any kind. Until we all stand up and do something about just where our tax monies go its going to be the same thing year after year, and more and more cuts, including our elderly who die alone day after day in this country. 1 in 4 families live below poverty level in our own grand USA. Now to "Tony". As we do not know what his "mental" disablilities we dont know what should have been done, or could have been done easier, nicer. If someone I knew on our street to have mental disorder was beating on our door with something at midnight, I would have called the cops, no matter how nice he was 6 hours prior. I would not have opened the door, and no one should have. We never know what mentally disabled persons are capable of, shooting, beating someone up. We do not live in their world. The police were there in 3 minutes.


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