A strange and disturbing case has made headlines across the state of New
Jersey. A family allegedly found a man hiding in their home under a bed,
which led to his arrest. As more details about the case emerge, it appears
as if a claim of mental illness could form the center of the man's eventual
The family claims to have heard noises within their Spotswood home, and
upon searching for the course of those noises, discovered the man hiding
under a bed. It is believed that he entered the property by means of an
open door while one of the homeowners was taking out the trash. After
he gained entry, he apparently decided to hide under a bed in a guest
room. He is believed to have remained there for as many as five days.
The family knows the man, and they claim that he dated their daughter approximately
five years ago. According to the mother, that relationship did not end
well. The family has had no interaction with the man in the years since
their daughter stopped dating him.
It is believed that the man was not eating while living beneath the bed,
but he did have access to water. He also used an electrical outlet to
charge four cell phones in his possession. The family claims to have no
knowledge why he would have chosen their home to hide in or what his intentions
may have been. As the case moves forward, many within the state of New
Jersey would not be surprised to learn that the man's mental health
plays a role in his criminal defense strategy.
Source: abc7.com, "Burglar hides under bed for days in New Jersey home, charges 4 phones, cops say", July 23, 2015