Man pleads not guilty to drunkenly entering Puyallup trailer, inappropriately touching sleeping woman

Staff writerJuly 22, 2013 

A Federal Way man accused of drunkenly entering a travel trailer Saturday in downtown Puyallup and inappropriately touching a woman sleeping inside pleaded not guilty Monday.

 

“He was so intoxicated, he didn’t know it wasn’t his residence,” Puyallup police Capt. Scott Engle said.

 

The 23-year-old man was charged with indecent liberties, residential burglary and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $10,000.

 

Police gave this account of the incident:

 

A 32-year-old woman in town to attend a wedding was staying in a travel trailer in the 900 block of Seventh Street Southeast.

 

She awoke about 12:30 a.m. to a man touching her. She sat up, he fled and her husband chased him.

 

The couple lost track of the man, but one of her family members later found the suspect and reported to police that he was passed out in front of an apartment complex a few blocks away from the travel trailer.

 

According to court documents, the drunken man briefly struggled with police, before he was detained and admitted he had been in the trailer.

 

The man, who was visiting Puyallup for a party, said he thought he had entered his own home.

 

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

 

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

 

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