Authorities in Arizona say a teen was home alone when he protected the property against a man high on methamphetamine who broke into the Phoenix apartment.
According to Fox News, 27-year-old Andre Marc Sutherland is accused of entering the residence through an unlocked door and making his way to the 13-year-old boy’s room.
The teen told police that he was preparing a pizza in the kitchen before he went back to the bedroom and found the intruder in bed touching his genitals.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate the incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on December 2. Sutherland allegedly later claimed in an interview with police that he believed he was “having a telepathic conversation” with the boy.
After reacting to the threat by punching the intruder, police say the teen called his father, who recalled the frightening scenario in an interview with AZFamily.com.
“As soon as he said it, I kind of didn’t believe it,” the father said. “He said, ‘Oh, there was a break-in and he tried to choke me’ was all he said. ‘I’m locking myself in the bathroom.'”
Expressing pride in his son’s reaction, he said the boy “reacted perfectly in a situation where you couldn’t really tell what way it was going to go.”
The concerned dad then informed authorities, who were able to track down the suspect a short time later.
Sutherland allegedly told police that he entered the residence because it looked “haunted and abandoned” and he was searching for somewhere to sleep.
As for his lewd activity, he reportedly claimed the he thought it would “draw the spirits in.”
Police reports indicate he was arrested on suspicion of burglary, aggravated assault and public sexual indecency.
[Featured image: Andre Marc Sutherland, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]