A Mid-City resident came home from a holiday vacation to an uninvited visitor on New Year’s Day.
The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous for privacy reasons, returned to his apartment near Santa Monica Boulevard and 26th Street at about 2:30 p.m. to find a woman sleeping on his couch. He had left for vacation on Dec. 23.
He arrived at his apartment to find that someone had taken the screen off of a window and flipped the front door locks. When he opened the door, he saw a woman he described as about 30 years old and 5 feet 6 inches with blonde hair sleeping on his couch.
“I was frozen in shock,” he said. “She asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ I said, ‘This is my apartment.’”
The woman grabbed her possessions, which included a steel canteen more than a meter long, and left within 30 seconds, he said. He said he tried to call 911 but his phone didn’t work.
“She didn’t steal or break anything, but she did make a mess, smoked inside and ate a bunch of my food,” he said.
The break-in happened just four days after two men broke into a Santa Monica apartment, cooked a meal and took a shower on Dec. 26 while its tenant, Robby Spillman, was out Christmas shopping.
Spillman said Elijah Smart, 29, and Markis White, 19, made a mess and asked him if they could “hang out for a while” at Spillman’s apartment when he returned.
Smart and White were charged with burglary. Spillman told news outlets he plans to move out of his apartment because he and his pregnant girlfriend no longer feel safe living there.
The Mid-City resident said he has no plans to move out. He cleaned for five to six hours after the woman left and his since got his locks replaced and put double locks on his windows.
“It makes me feel pretty violated and creeped out, but I think that people are just opportunists,” he said. “She must have seen me packing up and getting ready for vacation. I left my window open a little bit and she took it as an opportunity to stay there for a few days.”
The resident moved into the apartment about six months ago and previously lived in West Los Angeles. He said he filed a police report and officers dusted his apartment for fingerprints.
He said he may press charges against the trespasser if police identify her.