Police: Burglar shocks sleeping resident, smokes pot in bathroom

SEATTLE -- If you let a burglar use the bathroom, he's going to want to smoke some pot. If you let a burglar smoke some pot, he's going to want to talk about PTSD and the government.

At least that appears to be the lesson learned by a Queen Anne resident when a man broke into her apartment early Monday.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the resident was sleeping in her mother-in-law apartment on the first floor of a house in the 400 block of West Comstock Street around 3:15 a.m. when she heard sounds coming from the living room.

The woman got up to find a strange man standing in her living room, according to the report. She told officers he had a scraggly beard with white powder in it, was possibly wearing bicycle shorts, and appeared to be homeless.

According to the report, she asked the man what he was doing and how he got in, but he ignored the question and asked to use the bathroom because he needed to pee.

The woman told officers she didn't know what else to do, so she let him use the bathroom.

He was in there for about five minutes with the fan running, and when he came out it smelled like he had been smoking marijuana, according to the report.

The woman told officers the man started talking about the government and PTSD, so she told him to leave.

According to the report, the man left her apartment and walked across the porch to the main house, where he tried the front door.

The woman yelled at the man to get off the property, and he walked off.

The woman told officers the man never acted angry or hostile or made any threats. She said it just seemed like he was looking for a place to stay.

It appeared the man entered the apartment through a window left ajar.

Officers were unable to find the man when they arrived. However, a man was arrested the following morning after allegedly entering a sleeping woman's apartment two blocks away.