SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield police say a stranger walked into someone’s home early Friday morning, and that landed him in jail.
It happened in a home on Prescott Lane around 5:30 a.m.
The owners say they’re glad they were awake and grateful to Springfield police officers for working so quickly.
“I was putting away the dishes from last night that were drying in the sink,” said homeowner Maureen Weston.
That’s when all the commotion started. Weston left her back door unlocked after giving water to her cats.
“I heard the door slam…and I knew my husband was in bed. So I went, who’s there? And I turned and went in and there’s this strange guy,” Weston said.
That strange guy was Douglas Bennett. Despite her growing fear, Weston tried to figure out what he was doing in her house.
“I said, ‘Who are you?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know. You have to help me. Someone is trying to kill me,’” Weston said.
Her shouting brought her husband downstairs just in time for even stranger behavior.
“Meanwhile, I have a sink in there, and he had this baseball hat on and he took it off and he’s washing it in the sink with the water on full blast,” Weston said.
Maureen’s husband finally got Bennett to leave, then immediately called 9-1-1. Within minutes, officers showed up and put their K-9 unit to work.
“We get there and find the guy in the neighbors yard under a tree,” said Justin Myers, Springfield Police Officer. “The way he was hidden and burrowing into the trees, without the dog and the nose that he possesses, we may not have found him.”
Weston and her husband said they couldn’t be more grateful.
Officers think Bennett might have been on drugs, but they haven’t figured out why he went in the Westons’ home. So while the initial call was for a burglary, Bennett is being held on charges of trespassing and interferring with police.