H-SANTA MARIA

Jul 12, 2013 9:17 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Family describes waking up to intruder

A parolee from San Diego is accused of trying to break into three different houses within 25 minutes in a Santa Maria neighborhood.

Police received the first of three reports around 5:00 am on Friday.

"The guy had ducked right here, and I sleep on this side of the bed so he was pretty close to me. My girl pops her head up and the guy pops his head up and she says there's someone in the house," said a startled David Gomez.

That's because he got a very scary wakeup call when he found a man police later identified as 29-year old Arthur Jackson in his home.

"The guy starts running through the kitchen," said Gomez. "Runs so fast he runs in and pushes the freezer back."

Little did Gomez know he was the second person to report this happening in the last ten minutes. Police say Jackson tried to get into a home on South Oakley, but was spotted by the homeowner and took off running down a nearby alley.

Police believe the man made his way through the house's front gate, before he cut off the screen to a window and made his way inside.

Gomez says he chased Jackson out of the home.

"The kids had woken up when we said there was someone in the house and they saw the man running so they're really terrified," said Gomez.

Police say another neighbor called and reported a man in her backyard and Jackson was arrested shortly after.

But for this family, the early morning situation really is a wakeup call.

"We're kind of shooken up you know so we'll get through it I just want everyone to also lock their doors," said Gomez.

Santa Maria police say this was an isolated incident.
Jackson was taken into custody and booked into Santa Barbara County jail on residential burglary and attempted burglary.
He'll be in court on Monday.

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