Suspected burglar arrested after getting into bed with sleeping child

Norwalk police: Man wanders into bedroom just before 5 a.m., startling the child.
Cary Ashby
Sep 17, 2013

 

A Norwalk family got quite a shock early Sunday morning when they found a strange man in their house.

In fact, the man crawled into a child’s bed, covered up and went to sleep.

When confronted, the man appeared intoxicated and not sure where he was.

The man was charged with burglary.

James M. Clarke, 24 of 151A Benedict Ave., was arrested just north of the victims’ South Linwood Avenue residence. At 4:53 a.m., the Norwalk Police Department responded to the report of an unknown male suspect who was sleeping in a child’s bedroom where the child, an eighth-grader, also was asleep.

The home owner talked to the man while his wife called the police.

While police were on the way, the complainant reported Clarke was walking northbound away from the home and was wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt. Two officers arrested Clarke shortly afterward and charged him with burglary.

“Mr. Clarke advised he believed he was in a friend’s residence,” Officer Dave Daniels said in his report.

The suspect was transported to the Huron County Jail. If convicted of burglary, Clarke faces six to 18 months behind bars.

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Everyone is fam...

Another one lucky to be alive. And before all the bleeding hearts hop on to sing the "he's a nice guy who drank too much and made a mistake" or "people shouldn't be so quick to shoot a human being" or "the door should have been locked" song and dance; mistakes come with consequences. He's lucky his consequences weren't worse. If you walk into somebody's home, especially this day and age, locked or unlocked, you deserve anything that home owner doles out.

starryeyes83

Amen. One of these days one of these idiots will end up dead.

Like I said on the other story; this is happening way too frequent.

Ehovemom

I agree, the third time will be the . . . .

ferball14

He should have woken up with 6 inches of cold hard steel down his throat and if he even breathed wrong should have swallowed the pill......someone needs to make an example of these people so the stuff stops!

FredDoobler

What's up with that right ear? Must have been sleeping on his left side.

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Did the homeowners admit leaving leave their doors unlocked?

Everyone is fam...

Not that I'm aware of. I only mentioned it because locking doors was an argument in the last similar story.

deertracker

It's not a bad idea to lock your doors!

JakeMac25

You would think that with ears like that the radar would have told him which way was home.

In all seriousness, this is the second time in a matter of weeks that this has happened. Maybe the Norwalk Police Department should do what the Columbus PD do and visit the bars. The PD would walk through and talk to patrons. We didn't love it (police state) but it did work (somehow) on getting the riff raft out of the bar. Obviously people are getting served way too much and the bars aren't being held responsible as a result. The "sure serve" video, that every bartender is suppose to watch in Ohio, states that the bar and bartender can be legally responsible for an incident that was the result of being over served. Such as a DUI that results in property damage or death. I'm not saying blame the bar, obviously it's not the bars job to babysit. But that does seem to be where both of these guys were coming from. So that could be the source of the problem? This guy is 24, he's not a child and should know better at this point. Seeing that this is the second time...I'm afraid a third may result in something worse. An incident like this in a small town is going to create an issue. And how is he getting charged with burglary? Shouldn't it be breaking and entering? Or trespassing? What did he steal? Maybe he stole the locks off the doors and that's why the house wasn't locked.

Lillie Chaos

Excuse me, Jake....but imho the responsibility lies with the idiot who drank himself stupid then invaded the property of someone else! There is NO excuse for his behavior. Alcohol is a horrible drug that ruins too many lives and kills thousands yet it continues to be served. Alcoholics are no better than opiate addicts. Poor sick individuals my eye....teach this guy a very hard expensive lesson. He needs to get himself under control or get supervised 24/7--just like any other drug addict. This make me furious!

JakeMac25

I never said the responsibility of his decisions didn't lie on him. I said "This guy is 24, he's not a child and should know better at this point". I just added that more than one person could have avoided this happening. Like a bartender over serving someone or if the home owners would have locked the doors. He obviously is showing that he cant make adult decisions and lacks the ability to do right. Like you said alcohol is a horrible drug and it does destroy. That's why bartenders are told not to over serve. I think you might have just taken what I was saying out of context because what you stated I said was not the point I was trying to make. And this is all based off of the assumption he was even at a bar. I know with the time being around 5 it's sort of unlikely but it's not unlikely that he was at a bar until it closed. I know that when I was younger many of the area bars would let some patrons stay until 4-5 in the morning. The bartender would call last call around 2, get everyone out by 230-245 and let their friends stay until 430-5, or until all the cleaning and everything else got done. They serve them draft beers normally because you can hide that better in a "spill report" and everyone has a grand ole time. That is why I mentioned the bar as being a possible suspect of where he was at before the break in. But like you said the bottom line is that the responsibility lies on him, not the bartenders or the homeowners. But that doesn't mean society can't recognize this kid can make adult decisions and help. Either way we all will...through helping him directly or through tax dollars.

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JakeMac25

this is why its Burglary.

2911.12 Burglary.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2911.12

JakeMac25

Oh, I see now. Thanks for the information Swiss. I never knew that many things fell under the burglary category. I guess I need to pay more attention when reading through the Ohio revised codes! lol

alwaysatfault

See I feel sometimes that going public with some situations is not good :( and I think this is one of those times, he felt oh well ill get publicly noticed and behind bars a few , sad some of the attention getters will do

deertracker

What's in the alcohol over there?

ferball14

That batch was supposed to go to Greenwich...lol

tadpole

And now we have to resort to drinking milk now! Dern him!

ROFLMAO

where are these schmucks coming from at 5am?. sounds like some place is furnishing alcohol past 2am. hmmmmm

DieselSmoke

ROFLMAO..It may not have been a bar he was at..Maybe he was at an all night party somewhere. Just a thought.

starryeyes83

There was a second incident that happened the same night as the Kelly Still (?) It was in the Register Hard copy . I don't know why it wasn't posted.

So that's Three over in Norwalk in what? Two weeks. These idiots probably party at the same house.

somescrewyname

There is so much we can do as home owners/renters to help prevent this. Yes locking our doors before we retire for the night is one of them,not having lights on all over the house is the other. for a non drunk person to navigate a strange house in the dark would be hard. being drunk one would have to make a lot of noise. we live in the home and how many of us have night lights on because navigating in the dark is hard for us. From the article it said this happened at 4:53am, don't Ohio state law say last call is at 2:00am.As I don't go out to bars I'm going on state law, as to what they actually do is another matter. So that was 3 hours from the last call he went into the home. Another thing I'm not familiar with is if you are cut off at one bar and go to another do they do a breathalyzer to see how much if any they can serve you? now to the really serious part. shooting someone.Nothing in my home outside of my family is worth the taking of a life.I'm all for the second amendment and the protecting of life. outside my spouse and children everything else in this house has been bought, and can be replaced. What happens if I decide to shot and miss. how much danger do I possible put my family and neighbors in? Bullets do travel a long way and I'm sure they can go through walls. I for one just want to be a responsible gun owner and draw my line as to what a human life is worth. Gen 9:6

ferball14

I just lost brain cells reading this....you need to get out of the bubble you live in and face reality.

somescrewyname

@ferball I think you need to get into my bubble, because in my bubble I feel your life is worth more that my TV or PC.I can buy them back. Your family can't buy you back.

ferball14

He wasn't on the couch watching tv...he was in bed with a strangers child.......

somescrewyname

@Ferbal show me where it says he was in bed with a child....Quote "In fact, the man crawled into a child’s bed," it does not say crawled into bed with a child it goes on to state Quote"unknown male suspect who was sleeping in a child’s bedroom where the child, an eighth-grader, also was asleep." Since the story is as always a little confusing, one can assume from the context there was possible bunk beds or twin beds in the room. I'm not sticking up for this guy being drunk is no excuse.But the Guy was neither trying to burglarize the home, or molest the child, so my question and statements were pointing at how much is a human life worth, seems in the comment section you have some who want to shoot first ask questions later. and I just happen to think life is precious and have my line drawn as to when I would possible take a life and you can find my answer as to when I would do it in Genesis 9:6

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I'll remember to say make-my-day right before I shoot first and ask questions later.

ferball14

Read the headline moron.....

ferball14

Suspected burglar arrested after crawling into bed WITH sleeping child.....no rocket scientists here but I can figure out what that statement means....

deertracker

.......WITH sleeping child and went to sleep. Burglars don't do that. They burglarize!

somescrewyname

I did read the headline and as usual it has nothing to do with the context of the story LOL. Unlike you I was taught how to read in context. By reading that way you comprehend what you are reading.

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