A Reynoldsburg couple who found a half-nude stranger sleeping in their guest room Aug. 29 reported she refused to leave, insisting she was at her own house.
A woman told police that she works nights and arrived at her home in 1300 block of South Waggoner Road at 7 a.m. Aug. 29, which is when her husband came downstairs and they made coffee. She said they both heard doors opening and closing upstairs and went above to find a woman coming out of the spare bedroom and going into the master bedroom to sleep on the bed.
The resident said the woman was dressed only in a blue tank top and had no bottoms, purse or other belongings with her. When the couple confronted the woman, she insisted she lived in the house and would not leave.
The officer said the resident's husband was holding the woman down on the floor upstairs when police arrived. The officer said the intruder was identified as a resident of South Oakbrook Drive who appeared to be intoxicated and "believed that she lived there and would not leave," according to the police report.
Another officer went to the intruder's residence on Oakbrook and spoke to her roommate, who said the woman is on medication and had been out with friends at a bar the night before.
Police said it appeared the woman had entered the home on South Waggoner through an unlocked patio door. The homeowners said they did not wish to pursue criminal charges and police transported the woman to her own residence.
In other police reports:
* A woman was charged with child endangering at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 31 after she left toddlers, ages 1 and 2, in her vehicle while she went into a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension. Police said the car was not running, the windows were down and the two small children were buckled into child car seats.
The reporting officer said an employee of the business said the woman entered the business at 2:53 p.m. The woman returned to the car while police were investigating and said she "ran inside to check on a TV." She told police she kept coming back to check on her children. The responding officer told the woman, "I had plenty of time to remove your children and leave and so did anyone else," according to the report. The woman was issued a summons into Reynoldsburg Mayors Court.
* Another young child asked a city code inspector for help at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 3 outside a residence in the 8900 block of Lupine Drive. The inspector said the 4-year-old boy was standing by the street near the residence, crying. He said the boy led him into the residence, saying his grandmother lived there and his mother was at a class but he was home alone.
Police called the woman, who said the boy's grandmother was supposed to be watching him. The grandmother returned while police were at the residence and said there had been a miscommunication about her daughter having class that morning. Police called Licking County Children Services about the incident.
* An employee of a business was charged with assault after she allegedly sprayed mace in a customer's face when she said he refused to leave a business at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in the 2100 block of Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road. The customer told police he had asked how much a particular "bong" cost and a female employee said the item is called a "water pipe" and that she could not sell the item to him since he called it a "bong."
He told police the woman told him to leave and cursed at him. He said he did talk back but was headed toward the exit doors when the woman followed him and sprayed mace in his face.
The employee said she asked the man to leave several times and he would not and when she followed him, he "taunted" her.
Police said charges would not have been filed if the employee had maced the man in the store if she was in fear for her life, but because she followed him and stepped outside the store to spray mace, she was cited for assault.
* Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between 5 and 10 p.m. Sept. 1 at a residence in the 2000 block of Commons Road South. A woman said she left at 5 p.m. and returned home at 10 p.m. to find her bathroom lights on and her kitchen cabinets disturbed, then noticed her 32-inch flat-screen television was missing. She said clothes were also thrown around and an air mattress was overturned.