Man charged with breaking into occupied home
Published 9:34 am, Sunday, July 18, 2010
A Norwalk man has been charged with breaking into a Westport home early Sunday as the homeowner was entertaining guest on the patio outside.
The homeowner confronted the intruder, according to police, and the man -- who apparently was bleeding from an injury -- fled without harming anyone or taking anything. He fled, but was captured after a police search of the neighborhood about four hours later.
The suspect was identified as Milton Namcela, 22, of Grandview Avenue in Norwalk. He was charged with second-degree burglary and held on $10,000 bond.
The incident began about 1 a.m. Sunday when the homeowner, who was with guests on the outdoor patio, noticed a man had entered the dwelling through an unlocked back door, police said.
The location was not disclosed by police.
After the intruder was confronted by the homeowner, the man fled through the front door. Officers called to the scene used both a thermal-imaging camera and a K-9 to trace the man's trail, which included blood from an injury.
Police continued to monitor the neighborhood, and at about 5 a.m., they were alerted that a man was trying to arrange to leave the area by cab.
Namcela was subsequently taken into custody.