A British man, who was arrested Wednesday on the suspicion of stabbing a suspected burglar to death, received bail.
The pensioner, named locally as Richard Osborn-Brooks, was upstairs asleep with his wife when he was woken by the two men breaking into his suburban home in Hither Green, south-east London last night.
Scotland Yard said it is now investigating 55 suspected murders since the start of 2018, including the deaths of two children whose bodies were found in Sussex.
The suspected burglar was found collapsed in a road nearby and died later in a hospital.
A second suspect in the burglary, believed to be a white man, fled the scene prior to the arrival of police and is unaccounted for.
"The paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 20 minutes, but he was dead I'm sure". "Your home is your castle and I believe your neighbourhood is your kingdom".
"A man should have the right and be able to defend their home..."
Another local resident said he "wasn't surprised" to hear about the burglary.
Earlier this year he was hunted after a pensioner was tricked into helping a woman who was eventually driven away from the house by two men earlier this year.
Osborn-Brooks, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries on his arms, was initially arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm before being detained for possible murder. He said they went back toward the house, and he left to call 911 at a neighbor's house.
A Bowie Police Officer recognized Trahern, who was a suspect in a building burglary there.
"Did you see this vehicle? I ask anyone to contact our incident room as soon as possible", he added, the Guardian reported. He was taken to a south London police station and has since been bailed to return to a south London police station on a date in early May pending further enquiries.