Police: Intoxicated man entered, fell asleep in wrong home

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Police arrested an intoxicated Clovis man Sunday after he entered the wrong house and climbed into bed with one of the occupants.

John Birkey Jr. said his 19-year-old son, John Birkey III, was startled awake when the 23-year-old man “just basically plopped down in the bed.”

“It was quite unsettling for all of us,” he said.

Police were called to Birkey’s home in the 2000 block of Jonquil Park around 4 a.m. Sunday for a report of a burglary in progress.

When police arrived, Birkey and his son were holding the suspect pinned against the wall in the entryway of the home, according to a police report.

John Birkey III told officers when he woke and noticed his bedroom door was open, then heard heavy breathing and noticed a lump in the bed.

The teen said he reached out, felt a hand and started screaming. When the hand grabbed his leg, he told police he kicked himself free and the suspect started running.

The elder Birkey, who was downstairs, told police he heard the commotion and grabbed the suspect as he ran down the stairs on his way to the door.

After a struggle, Birkey gained control of the man and held him until police arrived.

The suspect told officers he had had “a lot” to drink at a party and opened the unlocked front door and went into the house thinking it was his residence, which is two doors away from the Birkey residence.

The elder Birkey said his family is still rattled by the incident, particularly in light of the fact a stranger was able to enter their home while they were sleeping.

“Right now it’s just an upsetting thing. The way we’re kind of looking at this is, if you’re going to drink like that and get to that point, sometimes bad things are going to happen,” he said.

“We’ve already found some humor in some of the aspects of it, but not totally … frankly I’m not sure when I’ll get another good night’s sleep at this point … just the fact that somebody could and somebody did (enter our home) is rather unnerving.”

The suspect, who is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, was booked and released Sunday.

He declined to comment.