December 19, 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 amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.