POLICE: Louisville woman shocked to find burglar in bed
Police the victim screamed -- and then her son jumped in and took action.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police said a woman got quite a shock when she awoke Thursday morning to find a man sleeping in a bed at her home.
It happened at a home in the 3100 block of Crums Lane, just east of Cane Run Road, at 7:30 a.m.
Police said Nicholas Smith, 22, broke into the home without permission and was found by a female resident in a bed there.
According to the arrest report, the woman screamed for her son, who quickly came to her aid and began fighting with Smith. Police said he was able to subdue Smith and hold him there until police arrived.
"I tackled him down, and I had just woke up, and I just couldn't believe what happened so I just started beating him up," said the son, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Smith was arrested and faces burglary, theft and drug charges. During a court appearance Friday morning, a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
"It appears to me you have some kind of drug issue," Judge Sean Delahanty said. "If you want to live someplace other than the penitentiary, you need to address that issue. And if you don't, it's just a matter of time until you have to go to the penitentiary."
Delahanty also brought up other pending drug and theft charges and painted a picture of what Smith's future could look like if he continues on the same path.
"Officer, this young man needs a tour of the jail," Delahanty said. "Show him the dormitories. Show him the menu. See if he can pick out a roommate because he may be living here for a while."
When smith was arrested Friday morning, police also found stolen mail and ID cards in a backpack. He was charged with identity theft and mail theft.
Smith was released on home incarceration and work release. The judge warned him not to have any contact with the victim.
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