Aspen man arrested for trespassing
An Aspen man was arrested and charged with trespassing after a woman told police she woke up early Thursday morning to find him standing in the hallway outside her bedroom.Brian Hammond was contacted by police near the woman’s apartment on West End Street at the end of an alley to North Durant Avenue. He allegedly told police that he accidentally entered the wrong house on his way home.According to a police report, the victim told police that she woke up and saw a shadow of a person standing in her apartment. She then jumped out of bed, turned on the light and screamed loudly.The woman told police the man walked slowly out of her house, saying something like, “My friend said it’s OK,” though his speech was allegedly slurred and difficult to understand. The victim said her front door doesn’t latch securely, so she places a cast-iron umbrella stand in front of the door at night and that it would take effort to push the door open.The victim described the intruder as a white male with brown hair about 6 feet tall. She told police he was wearing a blue T-shirt with “NYPD” on it and had left her house by way of the alley.The police report says Hammond was stopped in the area because he matched the description. The victim was later driven past Hammond by police and said “that’s definitely him.” Because the victim said she was very frightened and concerned that the suspect might return, police told the victim that she would be notified if Hammond was released from jail.The police report says when Hammond was asked if he knew why he was being contacted by police, he said “because I accidentally went into the wrong house.” Hammond told police he lives at 914 Waters Ave., near the woman’s apartment. Police said his speech was slurred and smelled like alcohol.Hammond was arrested for first-degree trespassing, a felony, and taken to the Pitkin County Jail.The report says police discovered at the jail that Hammond had allegedly turned his T-shirt inside out, so that the logo could not be seen.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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