82-year-old Portage woman chats with polite stranger who crawled through her window
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent December 6, 2012 2:40PM
Carlos Ernandes | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:24AM
PORTAGE — When a stranger climbed through her window at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, an 82-year-old woman let him use her bathroom; and they then had a conversation as he looked for prescription pills.
“Oh, you scared me,” said the man, later identified as Carlos Ernandes, 34, when she found him as she walked past the guest bedroom, according to the police report.
The woman, a resident of the 1300 block of Camelot Estates, told police the man claimed a friend had told him to climb in the window to meet him at a trailer in the 1000 block of Camelot and said he must be at the wrong address.
She said she let the man use her bathroom because he was polite, but she began to suspect he was looking for prescription medication when he was in the bathroom for more than five minutes.
Afterward, they went into the kitchen and had a conversation about her recent surgery as he “took it upon himself to start rummaging through a basket of medication” despite her telling him not to touch them and that she was not on pain medication, according to the police report.
Ernandes allegedly then asked for $20 and, told no, left on a bicycle.
When the home invasion victim finally did call police, officers found Ernandes a couple blocks away.
Because Ernandes appeared to be under the influence of an unknown drug, police took him to Portage Hospital before booking him at the jail for felony residential entry and felony possession of a controlled substance — prescription medications belonging to at least two other residents of the trailer park. Police did not question Ernandes because of his intoxicated state.
Meanwhile, an officer invented a way to temporarily secure the window Ernandes had entered, which the woman said she had been unable to lock for some time.