Autopsy: Ashley man died from stab wound to chest

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — An autopsy on the body of a man found unresponsive inside an Ashley apartment Sunday indicates he died from a stab wound to the chest.

But it’s still unclear what exactly happened to Brian Breymeier, and no charges have been filed in the case.

Breymeier, 31, was discovered by Sugar Notch police lying on his back inside an apartment at 144 S. Main St. just after 11 a.m. Sunday.

Breymeier’s girlfriend, Haley Rimmer, 38, was doing CPR on him, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Breymeier was rushed to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman listed the manner of death as pending an investigation by state police and county detectives.

The search warrant and court records detail a recent history of domestic disputes involving Breymeier and Rimmer.

The search warrant affidavit says police responded to the apartment and encountered two children, ages 12 and 6, in the rear of the building. The elder child told an officer, “My dad’s hurt and cut.”

An officer entered the apartment, finding Breymeier on his back and Rimmer performing CPR. The officer took over, noting Breymeier had no pulse and had a stab wound to the upper chest that was not bleeding.

Police said Rimmer had blood on her upper and lower body.

Rimmer allegedly told troopers during an interview at the Wyoming barracks that she and Breymeier argued Saturday night into Sunday morning and Breymeier smashed her cell phone. She claimed Breymeier had used illegal drugs in the past that included cocaine and unknown pills, the search warrant affidavit says.

State police removed a knife with suspected blood; blood from the wall, floor and doorway of the living room; a blood swab from the entrance door; a piece of carpet with suspected blood; a cell phone; a black hooded sweatshirt, two brown and tan pills; four smoking devices; four assorted knives; green vegetable material; and a scale, according to search warrant return receipt.

Domestic incident

An application for a restraining order Rimmer filed in court April 26 alleged Breymeier woke her up screaming, spitting at her and calling her vulgar names and a liar.

She claimed in the application Breymeier was upset when he found a text message from her ex-husband. She alleged Breymeier pushed and shoved her as she was dressing, and smashed everything in their bedroom.

Rimmer alleged Breymeier ran around the house holding a large knife and cut up a couch she sat on. She claimed as she was packing her belongings, Breymeier went outside with the knife to slice tires on her vehicle.

Rimmer also wrote Breymeier started slicing himself with the knife as she wrestled with him.

She left when police arrived at the apartment April 26.

Rimmer withdrew her request for a permanent restraining order at a court hearing before Judge David Lupas on May 3, court records say.


By Ed Lewis

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