ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A woman told Albuquerque police officers that a naked man broke into her home on Cagua SE, prompting a standoff.
It happened Wednesday afternoon near San Pedro and Zuni. According to a criminal complaint, the woman called police when a naked, tan and tattooed man broke into her home with a single cigarette in his hand.
“She ran out the back to safety and called 911,” Ofc. Tanner Tixier, APD spokesperson, said.
That’s when the man, identified as 33-year-old Kennith Harrelson, fled into a vacant nearby home through a window. He then holed up in a closet in the home.
On Friday, News 13 spoke with the man who rents that property, but does not currently live inside.
“It was not someone we know from the neighborhood or someone from the streets,” he said. “We do have transient people that walk through Zuni.”
The man asked to not be identified. He showed News 13 the stuff Harrelson left in the closet, to include keys, a shoe, a wallet and two cellphones.
“I have no idea if he had his stuff stashed here and returned here to get dressed,” the man said, referring to the claims that he was naked at the woman’s apartment down the street.
The man said police tried to coax Harrelson out of the house for two hours or so, and eventually got him out using pepper spray. A K9 was on scene, but never bit Harrelson.
“He may have possibly been naked at one point in time during this entire debacle,” Tixier said. “But at the time we took him into custody outside of the closet, he was fully dressed.”
News 13 reached out to the woman who told officers that Harrelson broke into her home in the nude. We did not hear back.
“We don’t know if this was an attempted burglary or this was just a person that might have been high on some narcotics, didn’t realize what he was doing,” Tixier said.
A neighbor who found out what happened later Wednesday night said the idea of a naked intruder is frightening.
“I’m sure he was either insane or on drugs or something,” that neighbor, who also asked to not be identified, said.
Harrelson is charged with breaking and entering. He has been convicted of shoplifting and trespassing in the past few months, but has no criminal history in New Mexico earlier than 2016.