The alleged culprit: Jeffrey Knox, 37, of Collins, who was charged with burglary.
Vermilion police arrested Knox shortly after the husband and wife chased him out of their home at about 2:15 a.m.
The homeowners told police they were asleep in their bedroom, their 10-month-old child sleeping in an adjacent room, when the wife woke up after hearing something and smelling “a strange odor” police said.
The woman jostled her husband awake and told him to turn on the light and check the room.
“The husband turned on the bedroom light and they found an intruder crouched down on the floor at the foot of the bed” police stated in a release. “The husband kicked the intruder and they began yelling at him to get out of their house.”
After the husband escorted the man out of the house, he called Vermilion police, who quickly set up a perimeter. They spotted Knox exiting from between some houses, headed toward the road, police said.
The homeowners positively identified him as the suspect.
Knox had gained entry to the homeowners’ unlocked car in the driveway, and he found the house keys inside the vehicle, police said. He used the keys to enter the home through the front door, and he “was crawling across the bedroom floor in front of the bed when the victims were awoken and confronted him.”
Knox remains in the Lorain County jail on $15,000 bond. He told police he’d been drinking at a Super Bowl party earlier in the night and he mistook the victims’ home for his friend’s home.
Stated police: “Knox did not have an explanation on entering the vehicle and using the keys to enter the house, or why he was on the floor of the bedroom.”