Man found slumbering on out-of-town homeowners’ couch

Washington City Police patrol car, stock image | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A St. George man was arrested Sunday after allegedly smashing the glass door of a Washington City home before going inside and falling asleep on a couch.

Roger Manuel Appel-Martinez, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 9, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Roger Manuel Appel-Martinez, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 9, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in a residential neighborhood near the Washington City Community Center Sunday morning, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest.

A witness told police that the homeowners were out of town and that the home’s interior lights had not been on during the night, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.

However, after seeing the interior lights on the next morning, the witness became concerned and called police, according to the statement.

“Upon arrival, officers found the back patio glass door was broken and smashed out,” the officer wrote in the statement. “The door was locked from the inside.”

Officers made entry into the home and found 29-year-old Roger Manuel Appel-Martinez, of St. George, asleep on the living room couch, the report stated.

Appel-Martinez was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Appel-Martinez of class A misdemeanor criminal trespass and class B misdemeanor criminal mischief – intentionally damaging property.

Appel-Martinez was subsequently released from police custody on bail. He is scheduled to appear in 5th District Court before Judge Eric Ludlow.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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4 Comments

  • Ron October 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    “I’m Tom Bordette, we’ll leave the light on”.

  • .... October 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Well golly gee whiz that was rude of him to damage someone’s else’s property and enter someone’s home without being invited. that really wasn’t a very nice thing to do.

    but because we live in such a loving and caring community the neighbors were watching and took the appropriate actions and now justice shall prevail

  • Bob October 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    is he even legal?

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