, Salem, MA

August 6, 2013

Police: Stranger found asleep on couch

Man told officers he thought he was in Medford

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say a Perkins Street woman returned home to her apartment on Sunday afternoon to find an intoxicated stranger fast asleep on her couch.

Officers met the woman in front of 54 Perkins St. after a report of the incident about 4:30 p.m., then went inside the residence and found the man still “passed out” on the couch, according to the incident log. The apartment had apparently been left unlocked.

Officers woke the man up and noted that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to the log.

“He also had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” wrote police.

When police asked what he was doing there, the man said “with a confused look” that he was “at a friend’s house in Medford.” The officers advised him that he was “actually in Salem” and then took him into protective custody.

The man was “extremely apologetic” to the woman who reported the incident and to the officers who took him into custody, according to the log. He was transported back to the station without incident.

Police in Peabody received word of a similar incident in their city yesterday, when a woman reported at 7:47 a.m. that she had discovered a stranger sleeping in her motor vehicle near 5 Longview Way.

Subsequently arrested was Luis G. Cortes, 32, of 63 Veterans Memorial Drive, Peabody, on charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle for a misdemeanor and trespassing.