Police: Couple returns home to find showering stranger inside - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Stranger found in shower: 'He finally came out, wrapping a towel around him'

Francis Lucero Francis Lucero
Evidence photo: Keizer Police Evidence photo: Keizer Police
KEIZER, OR (KPTV) -

The woman called police just before 5 p.m. Monday. She said her husband was physically restraining the suspect, later identified as Francis Lucero, 29, of La Center, WA, who was trying to run away.

"He yelled, ‘Whoever's in here you better come out!'" said Susie Kopaska. "He had to yell four times. The man finally came out, wrapping a towel around him."

Police arrived at the scene on Appleblossom Avenue North within two minutes of the 911 call and found Lucero wearing only a towel around his waist, as the homeowner continued restraining him.

Lucero was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers.

Police said Lucero claimed the couple had allowed him to camp in their backyard, so he thought it was OK to enter the home.

Police found a tent set up in the fenced backyard of the home. Kopaska said her son set the tent up to dry out after a camping trip, and Lucero spent Sunday night sleeping in it.

"People, if they've got tents in their backyards, check them periodically," she said. "You never know. You could have an overnight guest you don't know about."

The homeowners said they did not know Lucero and had never seen him before. Police said he went into the house through an unlocked rear door.

Lucero was taken to the Marion County Jail on the charge of burglary. He also had an arrest warrant out of Multnomah County on drug charges.

Lucero was arraigned in a Marion County court Tuesday, and is behind bars on $40,000 bail. He is due back in court July 12.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

  • WAVE 3 NewsNEWSMore>>

  • 2 apartment complexes will be added to UofL Housing

    2 apartment complexes will be added to UofL Housing

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:21 PM EDT2017-03-23 23:21:50 GMT

    The official transfer of management will start at the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year.

    More >>

    The official transfer of management will start at the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year.

    More >>
  • UK fan has Cats in NCAA final and 47 of 48 picks correct

    UK fan has Cats in NCAA final and 47 of 48 picks correct

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-03-23 23:20:39 GMT
    Jeff Goodman's near-perfect bracket (Source: WAVE 3 News/ yahoosports.com)Jeff Goodman's near-perfect bracket (Source: WAVE 3 News/ yahoosports.com)

    A Nelson County man is getting some national attention going into Thursday night's NCAA tournament games. That's because he's on top of the Yahoo Sports leader board with a perfect Sweet 16 and only one missed game in the first round.

    More >>

    A Nelson County man is getting some national attention going into Thursday night's NCAA tournament games. That's because he's on top of the Yahoo Sports leader board with a perfect Sweet 16 and only one missed game in the first round.

    More >>
  • Thousands troll Cracker Barrel after IN woman's termination

    Thousands troll Cracker Barrel after IN woman's termination

    Thursday, March 23 2017 6:38 PM EDT2017-03-23 22:38:44 GMT
    So far, Cracker Barrel has not responded to requests for comment. (Source: Eli Christman on flickr.com)So far, Cracker Barrel has not responded to requests for comment. (Source: Eli Christman on flickr.com)

    Why did Cracker Barrel fire Brad's wife? It's really no one's business, other than Brad's and his wife's, but that hasn't stopped people around the world from demanding answers after a Harrison County, IN, man publicly asked the restaurant chain why his wife Nanette was let go from her job at the Cracker Barrel in Corydon.

    More >>

    Why did Cracker Barrel fire Brad's wife? It's really no one's business, other than Brad's and his wife's, but that hasn't stopped people around the world from demanding answers after a Harrison County, IN, man publicly asked the restaurant chain why his wife Nanette was let go from her job at the Cracker Barrel in Corydon.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly