Resident Finds Man Hiding In Her Garage

A woman had quite a scare when she came home Thursday afternoon.

A woman arrived home Thursday afternoon, only to be startled by a stranger hiding in her garage.

The incident took place just before 5:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Barranca Avenue.

The man told the frightened resident that he was hiding and claimed that people were chasing him. The man gained entry through the garage door, which was partially open, said Lieutenant James DeMond.

The woman reportedly opened the garage door all the way and left to another room, DeMond said.

The man left before officers arrived, but within minutes of arriving police received a call from someone at Oakdale Memorial Park, 1401 South Grand Avenue, reporting that a man fitting the description of the suspect was inside the cemetery and claimed to be hiding from his pursuers, according to scanner reports.

Police arrived and arrested Michael Reese, 24, identified as a transient. Reese was arrested on an outstanding theft warrant. It was not immediately known if Reese was able to corroborate the claim that he was being chased.

Reese was eventually issued a citation and released.

Vince October 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I can't stand the transients/homeless people in Glendora. They are a nuisance and they prey on people. So, a guy hides in someone's garage and you give him a citation??? What's he going to pay that with? Why bother? You could give him a thousand citations for all the good it will do.
Melinda October 12, 2012 at 02:22 PM
So true Vince... How does a transient PAY their citations?? However. What's the answer?? Obviously he has a mental disability.
Vince October 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I don't know what the answer is, but making them comfortable and allowing them to continue breaking the law is certainly not the right one. I'll never understand the mindset of politicians that want a "bum friendly" community. You can't trust these people. Most of the are drug addicts, drunks and mentally ill. Do you really want that around your kids?
AB October 13, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Why is it that when, as our foothills are developed and the animals that live there seek other options for food and shelter, traversing into densely populated human territory, this behavior is deemed as “just what happens” and even expected; yet when homeless humans likewise seek food and shelter, they are met with an animosity and lack of understanding, as exemplified in these comments? You are very fortunate your life has been such that you’ve not yet had to first-hand understand the plight of homelessness.
Jack Morgan October 13, 2012 at 02:25 PM
John October 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
They probably ask for community service and go pick up trash for a few hours, or just serve time in jail since they have nothing better to do. Just because they don't necessarily have money doesn't mean that they should not be held accountable. Plus, I am sure they have plenty of cash from the government, they just choose to go buy beer with it.
Vince October 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Animals don't know any better. People do. It's hard to "understand" the "plight" of the homeless when they are caught smoking weed in front of the the local Ralphs (last week), breaking into someone's garage, going to the bathroom in public, annoying children (last week), and making the city look like a dump. Would you shelter them in your home? Why not, if they are only "seeking food and shelter"? Would you let your kids around them? Sorry, but I care more about the honest law abiding citizens, who don't prey on others, and their kids.
Sparks October 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I don't mean to start an argument here, but they are brought here by the church hosted dinner nights for the homeless/disadvantaged (there has to be a better way) and the city allowing them to camp out in front of various businesses while begging for handouts. The more they receive handouts the longer they will stay!! We will probably see more of this happening in our area with the social service office here!
John October 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM
The homeless shelter is only during the winter, and not currently running. That being said, during the shelter a bus picks them up and drops them off again from where they "live" the next morning. They all stay the night at the shelter so "camping out" in front of businesses is not a problem. About the begging, I the businesses are allowing them to stay by not kicking them off of the property. Vagrants will always follow the path of least resistance and go where they are left alone. If your store doesn't do anything to get them to leave, tell the owner/manager that you will shop elsewhere until the problem is corrected.
Tina December 03, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I am sick of the situation also. They urinate and drink. They are multiplying.


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