A California man wearing a red cape was arrested in the town of Stockton earlier this month after he smoked methamphetamine and broke into an elderly disabled man’s home. Erik Willden was arrested by officers from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office after the homeowner, who was armed with a handgun, called 911 to report the crime. Willden was taken into custody without incident.
- The victim reported that Willden seemed confused when speaking to him. Homeowner Steve, 72, said he described the suspect as a “pretty good-sized guy in a red cape” and noted that Willden seemed out of sorts when interacting with him. “‘I want a place to stay. I want to sleep in your house. Where is Louis?'” Steve remembers the man saying. Willden also told him: “‘I work for the government. I used to kill people.'”
- Steve was cool, calm, and collected. Granted, he did have a gun for protection, but he told Willden he didn’t want to use it and instead tried to keep the man focused on “Louis” and tried to convince him that he should go looking outside for different items, Fox 40 Sacramento reports. He was eventually persuaded to leave the house, but he didn’t leave.
- Police found Willden stealing from Steve’s detached garage. When officers arrived on the scene, Willden was found in the property’s detached garage, attempting to steal things from it. They noted that Willden was indeed wearing a red cape and he freely admitted having smoked meth roughly six hours prior to the break-in.
- Willden was arrested and taken into custody. He was booked into Amador County Sheriff’s Office Jail for burglary and being under the influence of a controlled substance. It’s unclear if he was offered bail or when he will appear in court to answer the charges.