Matthew Coomes doesn’t really remember how he ended up inside a stranger’s house at 6:30 a.m., naked, flooding the kitchen and having just defecated on the floor. But after just having moved in to their new house, Tricia Gillaspy and her husband Jake awoke to the strange 25-year-old in their bedroom and discovered feces on the carpet and smeared around the house.
Tricia told reporters for a local television station “My husband grabs the gun because we have no idea who this guy is. He’s like, ‘Get out of my house, now!’ But the guy wouldn’t leave. So, he puts the gun to his head, and says, ‘I said, get out!’”
Coomes ran into another room and put his shorts on before Tricia’s husband walked him out of the house at gunpoint. The cops were called and arrived to find Coomes on the property while the Gillaspy’s discovered the poo-poo party the intruder left for them inside.
” He flooded our kitchen, crapped on our floor, wiped it on the wall and tried to burn our house down by turning the stove on and leaving it on. He left all his poopy clothes all over our house,” said Tricia on her facebook page.
Instead of arresting Coomes, however, the Kuna officer cited him with two misdemeanors and gave him a ride home. Coomes was cited with unlawful entry and malicious injury to property.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release saying that “In retrospect, our officer should have arrested Coomes on the misdemeanors instead of issuing citations. He (the officer) should have advised the victims they could have made a citizens arrest on those same charges.”
Kuna Police are doing an internal investigation and say they will include the lessons learned in connection with this incident as a part of their training.
Police expect Ada County prosecutors to charge him with a felony count of malicious injury to property as the damage is well-over $1,000, and, according to Tricia’s facebook page, might be closer to $5,000.
**Update: Mathhew Coomes was booked at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office with a felony malicious injury to property with damage exceeding $1,000 and a misdemeanor unlawful entry. Coomes posted a $50,000 bond and is set for his initial court appearance on July 1. He was also served with a no contact order between himself and the couple whose home he entered.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, they are conducting an internal investigation regarding the failure to arrest Coomes at the scene instead of just issuing citations. The investigation will include the lessons learned in connection with the incident as part of the training.