Intruder caught napping in house Dozing: A Maryland City mother finds him asleep on the floor of her 8-year-old son's bedroom.

May 27, 1998|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

A burglary suspect apparently fell asleep on the job in Maryland City and was arrested after the homeowner found him lying on the floor of her son's bedroom, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Officer Tracy Morgan said the man was sleeping so soundly that she and another officer had to help him from the house in the 300 block of S. Ellerton St. to their patrol car just before 12: 30 a.m. Monday.

"He woke up on the way to the station and asked what was going on," Morgan said.

The man told police he was in Maryland City for a cookout Sunday and did not know how he got into the house.

zTC Morgan said the suspect apparently entered through an unlocked back door Sunday evening and rummaged through closets and drawers before falling asleep on the floor of the room of Patricia Fowler Bouton's 8-year-old son, wedged between the bed and the wall.

Bouton found the man after her son said he was hearing noises in his room, Morgan said.

"My guess is that at some point in the evening [the man] had gone into the room to hide because he couldn't leave the house and subsequently fell asleep," the officer said.

William Allen Oden, 20, of the 9800 block of Bethesda Church Road in Damascus, Montgomery County, was charged with burglary and theft, police said.

Pub Date: 5/27/98

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