Sheriff: Byron man breaks into house while drunk, falls asleep on couch

(ABC 6 News) – A Byron man has been cited after the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said he broke into a home early Saturday morning and fell asleep on a couch.

The sheriff’s office received a call from a family who lives on the 400 block of 3rd Ave NE in Byron just before 3 a.m. Saturday. The family told dispatch someone had broken into their home and the family was hiding in a bedroom.

When deputies arrived they found a door to the garage that was forced open. Another door leading from the garage to the kitchen was also forced open. Inside, deputies located a man sleeping on the couch in the living room. Deputies called out to the man but he did not respond or move.

The sheriff’s office said deputies approached the man and attempted to handcuff him. He resisted at first but deputies were able to arrest him and lead him out to a squad car where he was then taken to detox. Deputies searched the man and located a glass marijuana bowl with residue on it.

Deputies noted they could smell alcohol on the man and he looked confused and was struggling to form complete sentences. Deputies said they reminded him several times about what happened but he was still confused.

After going through detox deputies spoke with the man. He told them he had been out drinking with some friends in Byron and was walking home, which he had done many times over the last 20 years of living in the area. He said he had never stopped at this home before but said he knew some family friends used to live there.

The 31-year-old Byron man was cited for disorderly conduct, trespassing, 4th-degree damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia.