Man cool after finding stranger in home

2013-07-14T00:00:00Z 2013-07-16T12:47:56Z Man cool after finding stranger in homeKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

An east-side resident kept his cool and survived unscathed Friday morning when a stranger walked into his home through an unlocked door.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about 7:15 a.m. of a disturbance at a Walgreens drugstore in the 7800 block of East Snyder Road, near North Sabino Canyon Road.

"When deputies arrived, they were informed that the suspect had just left the scene in a vehicle," Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a spokes-man for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release. "The deputies immediately started a coordinated search of the area."

A few minutes later, deputies received a call about a burglary at a home in the 7000 block of East Arrowhead Drive, near North Sabino Canyon and East Tanque Verde roads.

"They were advised that the homeowner locked himself in his room and called 911," Bañuelos said. "They later learned that the intruder kicked in the victim's bedroom door and had an odd conversation with him before fleeing from the home.

"He appeared to be in an altered state of mind during the encounter and had some type of drug in his system."

Deputies searched the area and found Gerald W. Archuleta, 33, in a nearby fenced yard. He was apprehended with the help of a Sheriff's Department dog.

Archuleta was taken to a hospital for an exam before being booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing and criminal damage.

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