November 28, 2014

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Man charged with burglary after being discovered in strangers’ house

Jeffrey Knox

Jeffrey Knox

VERMILION – A Collins man – fresh from a Super Bowl party – made his way into a couple’s home early Monday morning and was found crouched at the foot of their bed, insisting he thought he was at his friend’s house, according to police.

Jeffrey Knox, 37, of Collins, was charged with burglary around 2:15 a.m. at the 300 block of Parkland Avenue on Monday. A breath test done during his arrest showed that Knox was drunk.

Knox told police he had been drinking all day at a friend’s house for a Super Bowl party. He said he left the party, went to a woman’s house and then left the woman’s house to go back to the party, according to the report.

But after leaving the woman’s house with a bag of sandwiches and ice cream bars, Knox never made it back to the party. Police found his footprints in the snow leading up to two houses before they arrived at the house of Matt and Alexandria Thompson who were sleeping inside, along with their infant daughter.

According to the report, Knox may have gotten the keys for the house from the Thompsons’ car.

Alexandria Thompson was awakened around 2 a.m. by an unfamiliar smell and a noise in the room. She woke her husband and the two turned on the light to find Knox crouching by the foot of the bed, according to the report.

Alarmed to find the 37-year-old stranger attempting to sleep on their floor, Matt Thompson kicked Knox in the back and Alexandria Thompson started screaming at him to get out of the house, according to police. Knox apologized and told the couple he thought he was in his friend’s house.

Matt Thompson told police he held a kitchen knife as he led Knox outside before calling police for help.

After questioning the couple, police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and quickly found Knox, who walked out from between two houses half a block away from the Thompsons’ house. He was still carrying the bag with a sausage sandwich, two ice cream bars and the Thompsons’ house keys inside, according to the report.

Police returned the keys to the Thompsons and threw away the food and sandwich wrappers that were found in the area.

According to the report, Monday’s incident is Knox’s second burglary charge. He was charged with burglary in Lawrence Township for an August incident. The charge was reduced to an aggravated trespassing charge through Massillon Municipal Court and Knox was found guilty in September.

Knox is being held at Lorain County Jail for Monday’s incident on a $15,000 bond until his court date at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in Vermilion Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Noshahr Canal Legend

    He’s lucky they didn’t do more to him, some people might have messed this guy up real bad.

  • John Davidson

    Idiot is lucky they were not law abiding gun owners.

  • Marlie

    Probably wasn’t the best idea to kick him and wake him before calling the police – unless of course you have a gun.

    • It has to stop

      It doesn’t state in the article that he was sleeping.

  • Simon Jester

    Those folks need a dog… And a gun, any gun is better than a kitchen knife.

    • Alan Pugh

      Of course, nobody died and the incident ended safely, so there’s that.

      • Simon Jester

        Wasn’t his first offense, so forgive my lack of empathy if he gets shot for his trouble.

        Besides, a sucking chest wound decreases the recidivism rate to zero nearly every time.

        • Alan Pugh

          Did you move here from a war zone? Compassion for human life is what makes us human. You can’t commit murder just because it feels good.

          • Simon Jester

            By your definition, most of the planet isn’t human.

            What you call “murder” is perfectly legal in most every state in the union not run by Socialists, and fine in several of those. Given your initial hyperbole, I’ll not waste my time digging up the actual state law.

            Or did you assume that the drunk burglar guy breaking into your house meant no harm? Just happened in to your bedroom? What do you do when he’s there deliberately, and not drunk?

            Sorry if it offends your delicate sensibilities, but if I find a burglar at the foot of my bed*, he’s getting shot. Repeatedly.

            *Which wouldn’t have happened anyway, given that I don’t leave my keys lying around, and have a security system.

          • Alan Pugh

            You can’t call someone out for hyperbole and, in the same sentence, claim that socialists are in any position of authority in any state in the United States.

            There’s a socialist on the Seattle City Council (Kshama Sawant) and an independent social democrat representing Vermont (Senator Bernie Sanders), but no states are ran by socialists, and none have been (though Frank Zeidler came close in 1942).

            Notice I didn’t say that it should be illegal to shoot an intruder. Safety is very important, and a gun in the home can play a key role there. I completely agree with that. However, if a situation is resolved without killing someone, it is a net positive. The fact that you disagree and feel that you should be allowed to kill in any situation prior to “last resort” demonstrates a lack of human compassion, regardless of the law.

          • Simon Jester

            Did you go directly to the obtuse because I capitalized “Socialists”, or was it just to obfuscate the fact that left leaning states frown on Stand Your Ground laws? (Rhetorical question, never mind.)

            Guilty as charged on the lack of “human compassion” though. A burglar’s life isn’t worth a warm bucket of piss to me, and the more of them killed off in the act, the better I sleep at night .

          • Alan Pugh

            I don’t care whether you capitalize the word, the fact is that there are no socialist states in this country. I’m not going to sit by silently while confused folks try to use “socialist” as if it’s some sort of insult, or apply it to situations that are completely unrelated to socialism.

          • Zen Grouch

            **I’m not going to sit by silently while confused folks try to use “socialist” as if it’s some sort of insult, or apply it to situations that are completely unrelated to socialism.**

            I admire your determination, but you’re in for a loooong & uphill fight ’round these parts!

            **…these crazy bast**** believe Obama is a Communist!**

          • Alan Pugh

            You’re definitely correct, but to our credit, Kshama Sawant mentioned Lorain County in her acceptance speech in Seattle for our election of so many independent labor candidates to city councils in the last election, so there’s a little hope.

          • Simon Jester

            Has anyone mentioned the POTUS here?

          • Zen Grouch

            What’s your point?

            I’m not suppose to bring up the president unless someone else has done it first?

            Look, if the taglines I use to show the ignorance and fear on the right offends you that’s one thing…

            …if you really don’t get it and require further explanation, well, that’s something entirely different.

          • Simon Jester

            It’s definitely not a term of endearment. In fact, I can’t think of a single instance where that’s a good thing. Given that it’s killed more people than Spanish Influenza.

        • Zen Grouch

          On the other hand a sucking chest wound can ruin your chances of ever seeing your deposit again, if you’re renting.

          • Simon Jester

            Your use of irony is pathetic, and we’re done here.

          • Zen Grouch

            Qu’est-ce que c’est irony?

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Guess in Vermillion its ok to leave keys in your car……………..sounds like a safe town to me………………

  • Joe Smith

    Knox Knox

    Whos there?

    A burglar!

  • Zen Grouch

    Wrong time, wrong place for his Robert Downey Jr. impersonation.