He boozed, he broke in, and then he snoozed

March 30, 1992|By Los Angeles Times

BURBANK, Calif. -- She heard the intruder first -- heard him breathing.

Then, yesterday morning, the Burbank woman opened her eyes and saw him -- sound asleep beside her in bed.

The 32-year-old woman, whose husband was away on business, quietly gathered up her year-old daughter, asleep next to her, crept from the bedroom and called police. "Because I had the baby, I think I kept myself sane," she said. "I just got up quietly and got out."

When officers arrived, the man, apparently intoxicated, was still asleep.

Robert Charles Waddell, 41, of Los Angeles was wearing underpants and a blue button-down shirt when he was arrested on suspicion of burglary and trespassing, police said. He told officers he had been drinking and had no idea how he came to break into the home or wind up in bed upstairs.

"He just remembers drinking somewhere, and that's the last thing he remembers," said Sgt. Edward B. Skvarna. "This lady is probably very lucky."

He declined to discuss Mr. Waddell's past, but said "officers had reasonable cause to believe he may have been there to commit a felony."

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