Armed man takes bath, helps himself to shrimp and beer before leaving $200 during home invasion: Report

A New Mexico man allegedly broke into a man’s home where he took a bath and helped himself to beer and shrimp before fleeing the scene only to commit a carjacking the next day.

On Sunday, Teral Christesson, 34, was accused of breaking into a home in Sante Fe county according to court documents obtained by the Sante Fe New Mexican.

When the homeowner arrived at his residence on Sunday afternoon, he found Christesson seated on his couch. The intruder was allegedly eating shrimp and drinking a beer with an AR-style rifle beside him, the report explained.

In the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the Albuquerque Journal, the homeowner described Christesson as, “extremely embarrassed and apologetic about the situation.”

Christesson explained to the homeowner that “his family was killed in east Texas and he was running from somebody.”  Because of that, he had been looking for a warm place to sleep and his vehicle broke down 100 miles outside of town.

The homeowner’s statement went on to say that after Christesson apologized for breaking a window before putting $200 on a chair for the damages, grabbed his green duffel bag and his rifle and left.

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect after a search of the area, but Christesson was apprehended the following day.

A criminal complaint with the Sante Fe police was filed at a local Church’s Chicken after a woman said she had been held at gunpoint by a man trying to steal her vehicle.

The woman detailed how a man walked up to her car holding a green duffel bag and a rifle while she was waiting in the Church’s drive-thru. In response to the suspect’s demands that she get out of her car because he was going to take it, the woman began honking her horn.

The suspect, later identified to be Christesson, was taken into custody by a deputy after being found walking down the road. Court documents state that Christesson was afraid he would freeze because he was “caught in a blizzard.”

The Albuquerque Journal has since updated the story to include a statement from sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Rios.

On Tuesday, Rios confirmed that “(Christesson) did confess to the detectives about the burglary at the home where he was found.”

Christesson was charged with aggravated burglary, larceny and criminal damage of the property he broke into and booked into Sante Fe County Jail. The Sante Fe police have charged him with a count of aggravated assault as well regarding the carjacking attempt.


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