After his alleged burglary of a Riverside home at 2 a.m. on Christmas Day, sparking an hour-long search in the vicinity of Ogden and Haas avenues, 19-year-old Howard A. Brundage V, of Riverside, was arrested about 8 a.m. and charged with criminal trespass when he reportedly was found asleep in the home of a woman who lives in the 3700 block of Haas Avenue.
When questioned by police, Brundage reportedly said the last thing he remembered was drinking marshmallow-flavored vodka and that he didn’t know why he was found with his shoes off, sleeping on the couch inside the residence of a woman he didn’t know. He apparently entered the residence through an unlocked sliding glass door.
Police were called to the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue at 2 a.m. on Dec. 25 after a resident was awakened by a loud bang and reported seeing a man break into the apartment building and take a bicycle.
Responding officers located someone matching the man’s description near the intersection of Lionel and Lafayette roads and tried to apprehend him. The chase cut through backyards and eventually involved officers from six other communities, who set up a perimeter. The search was called off an hour later.
But at 8 a.m. police received a call from a resident who lives in the 3700 block of Haas Avenue, reporting an unknown man sleeping on the couch. The woman who lives at the residence had just moved in within the past week, police said, and was still unpacking boxes.
Police took Brundage into custody at the scene. On Dec. 26, Brundage was picked out of a lineup by the witness who reported a man breaking into the Ogden Avenue apartment building.
Police charged Brundage with one felony count of residential burglary and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to a residence and criminal damage to property.