WARWICK, RI — Warwick officers called to 268 Irving Road Oct. 7 at 5:53 p.m. for a report of a woman who had surprised a couple with an evening basement break-in, arresting the hapless trespasser.
Officers were informed en route that the suspect, a woman in a gray sweatshirt, had been running down the street banging on doors before breaking into the couple’s basement, according to the report of Officer Steven D. Moretti.
Moretti stopped at 231 Irving Road to speak with the suspect, identified as Darlene King, 47, of 116 Orchard St., East Providence. King told the officer she had been held in a nearby basement against her will. She said she had left the house and ran down the street banging on doors till the resident at 231 Irving Road had let her in, according to the officer’s report.
Moretti reported King was rambling and did not make sense. She was also unable to explain how she had wound up in the basement. She told the officer she had been drinking with friends earlier that night at Eddie’s Bar, and that the last thing she remembered was leaving the bar and walking down the street.
King said she woke up in the basement and didn’t know where she was. She said she found stairs leading out of the basement and followed them into the main house, meeting the owner of the house, a 44-year-old man. The owner told her to leave, which she did, taking a nearby cell phone with her, she said, according to the officer’s report.
The owner said he’d woken to knocking on his door at 2 a.m., but didn’t see anyone so he went back to sleep until about 4:30 a.m., when he took his dog out for a walk. When he and the dog returned, he found a strange woman coming out of his basement, according to the report.
The owner reported he immediately escorted the woman out of his house. He saw the woman take his phone and chased her to get it back, grabbing it from her and calling police. The man’s wife, 26, told Moretti she had walked downstairs to find her husband escort the woman out of their house.
At the basement, officers found the basement door had been forced open, and Kings belongings were next to a mattress on the floor. The couple told Moretti the mattress had been up against the wall and King must have taken it down to sleep on. Officers found a set of footprints on leading to the door.
Moretti arrested King and transported her to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, where she told the officer she had entered the house thinking it was her own and fallen asleep. Moretti charged her with breaking and entering.