Man Arrested After Days Spent Unnoticed in Family's Attic
A Wilkes-Barre, Pa. family did not realize they had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.
Stanley Carter surrendered Friday after police took a dog to search the home in Plains Township, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. He was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
"When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers," homeowner Stacy Ferrance said. "From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes."
Wrong man arrested in 'same name' bungle
Police arrested and detained an innocent man on the weekend because he had the same name as a wanted suspect.
Richard, 21, whose last name cannot be used for legal reasons, said he was detained at the police station in Darwin's Mitchell St on Saturday because of a "communication bungle".
Police confirmed the wrong man had been arrested and the incident would be investigated.
The arrest occurred when an officer in an unmarked police car pulled the university student over for a random breath-test on East Point Rd about 9pm.
Richard, of Parap, said he had a nil blood alcohol reading but after the officer checked his details through the radio, he returned and arrested him.
"He said, 'Can you please step out of your car, there is a warrant out for your arrest'," Richard said. "I was surprised and I was trying to think about what I could have done."