HAINES CITY, FLORIDA — A family got a big surprise early Thursday morning when they woke up and found a stranger armed with a loaded shotgun sleeping on their front porch, Fox 13 News reported.
When a resident peeped outside their window at around 8 a.m. on April 4, they were shocked to see a man, who officials later identified as 26-year-old Gerius Adams, sleeping on the porch.
Adams was covered with a blanket he had taken from a shed on the family’s property, police said.
Officers with the Haines City Police Department were dispatched to the scene.
Police stated that when they arrived at the home, Adams was still there.
They added that they found Adams in possession of a shotgun that was “shorter than the 16-inch minimum required by law” and the “serial number had been filed down and painted over.”
Too Tired To Walk Home From A Bar
When Haines City police questioned Adams, he reportedly said he got drunk after having a few drinks at a local bar.
As he was walking home around 2:30 a.m., he said he got sleepy and decided to walk to the nearest porch and go to sleep.
Officials said Adams is a convicted felon who is not allowed to carry a firearm, and he is aware of that, but he said he needed it for protection.
Adams was arrested and booked into the Polk County jail.
He was charged with “burglary of a dwelling, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, possession of a weapon with an altered serial number, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon,” according to ABC Action News.
Chief Jim Elensky said, “Guns and alcohol are a bad combination. The most important thing here is that no one, including Mr. Adams, was hurt. Those inside did the right thing by calling us and our officers responded quickly.”