ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A veteran of the St. Louis Police department is suspended without pay after he reportedly entered a stranger’s home while drunk.
29 year-old Andrew Perez has been charged with first-degree burglary.
Police say while off duty Perez entered a home he thought was his friend’s home in the Clifton Heights neighborhood around 4 a.m. Sunday. Court documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say Perez picked up a purse while inside the home and started emptying the contents out. After being confronted by the homeowner Perez left.
Police found Perez a short time later walking down the street.
The homeowner said his girlfriend and three children were sleeping when Perez entered his home.
The officer’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, says Perez made a tragic mistake but does not deserve to be charged with burglary because he did not intend to commit a crime. The home’s door was unlocked, and according to Bruntrager he cooperated with police once arrested.
Perez has been a police officer with the department for nearly six years. He is currently assigned to the North Patrol Special Operations Unit.
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