Sparta (WQOW) - A scary situation in Sparta has ended with a man behind bars and a family hugging their dog extra tight.
According to a facebook post by the Sparta Police Department, on December 10th at 7:35 P.M., an intruder was discovered after a dog continued to bark at a bedroom closet. The resident and another family member then tried to open the closet door, but couldn't. They then saw fingers sticking out from inside the door, holding it shut. A male voice from inside the closet said "Ho Ho Ho." He also said the residents would ruin their Christmas surprise if they opened the door.
The residents then called 911. The suspect fled into a nearby garage, taking some items before moving to a different residence. A dog at that residence then started barking, scaring off the intruder.
When police arrived, they tracked the footprints in the snow left by the intruder. The footprints led to yet another garage on a different street. The officers then got the entry code to the garage. They pushed the button to open the garage, and immediately someone on the inside of the garage pushed the button to close it. This happened several times until an officer was able to distract the suspect, and they were able to get into the garage.
Once inside the garage, police found 32-year-old Kabian B Coleman of Rockland. Police then quickly took the man into custody. Coleman later admitted to using drugs, saying that he was on his way to turn himself in when officers started chasing him.
Based on witness statements, police believe it didn't appear Coleman was planning to hurt anyone. He said he was hiding in the home to get out of the cold. Coleman was taken to the Monroe County Jail and booked on charges of Resisting or Obstructing an Officer and Trespassing.