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Posted on: October 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Sleeping Woman Startled by Male Standing in Her Bedroom


Sleeping Woman Startled by Male Standing in Her Bedroom


Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary call, where the victim had just found an unknown man standing in her bedroom.  The victim’s adult son chased the suspect, who Deputies later arrested without incident.  Later that day, the suspect, booked for Residential Burglary, was released by the courts on his own recognizance.      


On October 3, 2021, at approximately 1:15 am., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported residential burglary in the 10300 block of E. Trent.  


The adult female victim stated she found an unknown male inside her home.  The male suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Nicholas J. Berry, ran away, and she thought her adult son might be chasing Berry.


Deputies were advised that Berry was now walking back toward the residence with his hands raised, and the victim’s son followed.   When Deputies arrived, they took Berry into custody without further incident.  


The victim stated she woke up to a male (Berry) standing in her bedroom.  When she yelled, Berry said, “Sorry, wrong house.” and ran away.  The victim called for her son, who ran upstairs and began chasing Berry down the street.  


She said all the kitchen cupboards were opened, and other items in the home had been moved around by Berry.  


The victim’s son stated he chased Berry as he ran from the home.  He explained Berry threw the backpack he was wearing into a white truck as he ran past it.   Berry then returned to the front yard of the residence, where Deputies arrested him. 


The backpack was located and searched, but it didn’t contain any stolen items from the home.  Deputies recognized Berry as a suspected car prowler from a call earlier in the evening, but he was not arrested due to the lack of probable cause.   


After being advised of his rights, Berry agreed to answer questions.  He admitted to entering the house and that he didn’t have permission to do so.  He said he went there to see a friend he hadn’t talked to in 8 years.  


The victim positively identified Berry as the male she observed inside her home.  


Berry was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary.  Later that day, he was released on his own recognizance by the court.   


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