Woman finds burglar asleep in her kitchen

Shannon Patton found a burglar asleep in her kitchen.


by Michael Rollins and Jacqueline Sit

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 2:40 PM

HILLSBORO -- A woman who found a burglar sleeping on the kitchen floor of her Rock Creek neighborhood told KGW he deserves a Darwin award for criminals.

Shannon Patton was awakened by her boyfriend about 4:45 Friday morning, asking whether she knew who was asleep on the kitchen floor.

Patton went out to the kitchen of her home on Northwest Shadow Lane.

"There’s a person laying in a fetal position on my kitchen floor, he’s passed out, he has pantyhose on, his personal pants had been left there with his pile of shoes there on the floor," she said.

The man had also defecated on the kitchen floor. Patton and her boyfriend called police.

Patton said it was hard for her at first to comprehend what had happened. For openers, was the person on the floor a man or a woman? The pantyhose threw her off. And was this a drug addict who had overdosed in her home?

She then discovered that her living room had been ransacked and figured out it was a burglar.

Then the police arrived, drawing guns thinking that the suspect was connected to an earlier burglary report and car prowls. Officers took him into custody and led him out of her home.

"And that," she said, "was my Friday morning."

Deputies found items on the suspect taken from thefts reported hours earlier, including GPS units and small electronics. Patton said he had four sets of keys, including for her boyfriend's car.

Patton said the episode left her uneasy. The burglar had taken her purse off the knob of her bedroom door before closing it. "That was the creepiest part," she said.

And the poop. Patton asked police if a HazMat unit could clean it up. No, she would have to take care of it herself.

"There’s no human pooper scooper laws, except I want to enact one," she said, "I got a new carpet cleaner, Lysol and bleach and we’re good to go."

Despite it all, Patton said she still feels safe in her home. The police told her this was a very unusual incident. They cautioned her to lock her doors and windows, which she had not done.

"I’m just glad everything worked out," she said. No one got hurt, and "the police did an excellent job."

Cristian Villarreal-Castillo, 20, was lodged in the Washington County Jail on accusations of burglary, attempted theft, trespassing, and criminal mischief, said Sgt. Bob Ray. More charges were expected.

"He obviously was a big failure," Patton said. "like, the Darwin award for burglary."