The Nanaimo RCMP say a woman was in for “the fright of her life” when she woke up to find a “grossly intoxicated” stranger passed out on her living room couch.
The incident was reported to police around 5:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at a townhome in south Nanaimo, according to Mounties.
They say the homeowner called 911, and when officers arrived “they found a grossly intoxicated man who appeared to be passed out on her couch.”
Officers tried speaking with the man, 22, but due to his impaired state “he could barely recall his own name,” says Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with the Nanaimo RCMP.
“This appears to have been an alcohol-fueled case of mistaken identity,” said O’Brien in a news release Thursday.
“Having said that, it was certainly a wake-up call for the homeowner and a great reminder for everyone to ensure all exterior doors and windows are locked before retiring for the evening.”
RCMP say the man was arrested for break and enter and taken to cells to sober up, while the homeowner told police she “was not interested” in pressing charges.
She said she forgot to lock her doors before going to bed, “which was probably how the man got in,” said RCMP.
They say there were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing from the house.
“The officers and homeowner surmised that the individual had simply wandered into the wrong townhouse,” added RCMP.