Disturbing moment when woman comes home and stranger sleeps in her bedroom – before being arrested and posing for mugshot with mouth open
- Martin Copeland, 48, charged with burglary in New Mexico
- Accused of entering a woman’s house and falling asleep in her bed
- Albuquerque police this week released body cameras from the January incident
- Just a few months before the home invasion, Copeland was caught sleeping in another woman’s bed after she raided her home
New Mexico authorities have released camera footage of a seemingly disoriented intruder discovered sleeping in a woman’s bedroom.
The home invasion took place in Albuquerque in January, but local police did not release footage of the incident until this week.
Police responded to a property on I-25 in southeast Albuquerque just before 1am on Jan. 12, after receiving a report of an ongoing burglary.
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Martin Copeland, 48, has been charged with burglary in New Mexico after being caught sleeping in a homeowner’s bed
Albuquerque police released body cameras this week from the January arrest
Video shows a police officer waking Copeland from sleep. The 48-year-old, seen wearing a mask, appears disoriented
The homeowner said she returned to the house to find a stranger in her bedroom, reported KRQE
“I came in and they just sat there,” she tells an officer. “They were just sitting there in one of my bedrooms.”
Newly released body camera video shows the intruder, identified as 48-year-old Martin Copeland, fast asleep, despite a bright light shining on him.
“Hey, police, get up!” an officer shouts to the unwelcome guest. “Show me your hands.”
Video shows a groggy-looking Copeland in a face mask sitting on the homeowner’s bed, before being escorted out of the house and ordered to sit on the sidewalk.
Copeland was arrested after the homeowner told police she wanted to press charges
Just a few months earlier, Copeland was accused of storming into someone else’s house and falling asleep in her bed
Copeland would have a hard time communicating with the police, but at one point he falsely claimed he lived near the house.
Outside on the sidewalk, the officer asks the homeowner if she wants to press charges against Copeland.
After a long pause, the woman chooses to hold the intruder to account, leading to his arrest based on a count of burglary.
He was later booked into the city jail and photographed for a mugshot, which shows him blank-eyed and open-mouthed.
According to police, he was arrested just months earlier for breaking into another woman’s house and falling asleep in her bed.
Copeland has received a mental health evaluation that found him qualified to stand trial.