Police found an intoxicated burglary suspect in his underwear while he was staying in a apartment near the two suspected crime scenes Thursday night.
Norwalk police officers responded to a burglary in progress at a South Old State apartment at 11:16 p.m. Dispatchers had received a 9-1-1 call transferred from the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
After a search of the area and interviewing two female victims and some witnesses, officers arrested Pedro D. Contreras, 18, of 31A Bouscay Ave., without incident. He was charged with burglary and underage consumption and transported to the Huron County Jail.
"He was in his underwear when we found him. The clothes he put back on were the same clothes that were identified by the witnesses and victims," Sgt. Jim Montana said.
The 9-1-1 caller indicated someone was attempting to enter the apartment of 76-year-old woman. It's unclear who made the emergency call.
"When officers responded, the suspect had left the scene, running from the apartment," Montana said.
Based on a tip that Contreras went toward Veterans Memorial Lake Park, officers checked the area near the reservoir, but didn't find the suspect.
Officer Zack O'Neil interviewed the victim, who didn't know or recognize Contreras.
"She said this suspect was banging on her door," Montana said.
The woman tried to close the door, he said, but Contreras tried to force his way in. The suspect didn't enter the apartment.
"Part of the door lock (and) frame were ... laying on the ground," Montana said.
While O'Neil was interviewing the suspect, another woman approached officers and accused Contreras of entering her apartment the same night.
"During the time we were looking for him, he entered her apartment," Montana said. "She told him to leave. ... He ended up leaving, running toward another apartment."
A police report indicates Contreras reportedly tried to sneak back into the same apartment while the second woman was talking to police.
Officers found the suspect in an apartment in the same complex. Montana said they had information Contreras was staying there.
Contreras originally was charged with underage consumption. Montana said witnesses and the two victims identified him as the burglary suspect as he was being brought out of the apartment, which led to the burglary charge.
"They believe he was impaired," Montana said.