Back in February, we told you about a Boulder woman who woke up to discover a stranger's hands in her underwear, even though her boyfriend was beside her. At the time, Boulder Police Department spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said, "There hasn't been an incident like this in town for quite some time, and we're very concerned about it. This wasn't somebody coming into an apartment to steal something. It was physical contact with another person, and there's no indication the victim knew who he was."
The story of Stuart Wilkinson, twenty, isn't identical to his one, but the tales have some elements in common -- specifically the part about a woman waking up to discover a complete stranger in her bed. A naked one, in this case.
How did it happen? Shockingly enough, alcohol was involved.
Huntley handles the narrative:
"We responded to an apartment on the 1000 block of 12th Street Sunday morning about 4:30 a.m.," she notes. "A woman had called to say she that a man she didn't know had walked into her bedroom naked and climbed into her bed. He didn't speak to her and didn't touch her. She got out of bed and went running into her roommates' room, where she called the police.
"When the police arrived, they found the male suspect sitting up in the bed, still nude. They ordered him several times to show them his hands, because they were concerned he might be armed -- but he didn't do that. He pulled a blanket over his head.
"At that point, the officers tried to pull him up from the bed. He continued to resist their commands to put his hands behind his back and lay on the ground. So the officers pulled out a Taser and indicated that they were going to tase him. And then he became cooperative."
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Afterward, she goes on, the officers interviewed the caller and her two roommates, "and they were able to determine that the man had come home from a party with the third roommate. He had been in her room and indicated that he unintentionally entered the other bedroom."
Presumably, this mistake was made because "the suspect was intoxicated," Huntley says. As a result, he was given a minor-in-possession charge plus a count of obstructing a police officer. He could have also faced a first-degree trespassing accusation, Huntley confirms, "but once the victim understood what happened, she decided she didn't want to press charges."
How prevalent are incidents like this one? "We've had a number of cases where people who are intoxicated have entered the wrong residence and fallen asleep on the couch or something like that," Huntley concedes. "But I can't recall a time when somebody climbed into somebody's bed and it wound up being a mistake."
As opposed to assault -- a more fitting description of the February incident. But fortunately, Wilkinson kept his hands to himself.