Portage police: Woman with gun held man who broke into her apartment

2012-04-30T16:40:00Z 2012-05-01T00:30:37Z Portage police: Woman with gun held man who broke into her apartmentBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Police said a 32-year-old man had the right apartment number but wrong building when he entered a unit in the Park Place Apartments early Monday, and an armed woman inside made sure he knew it.

Portage police were called shortly after 3:30 a.m. to an apartment in the 5900 block of Old Porter Road for a disturbance.

Officers found Carlos Rodriguez, 32, of Portage, lying on the ground with his hands above his head and a 28-year-old woman standing nearby with a handgun.

Police said Rodriguez smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He told officers he came home and found the door wouldn't open, so he broke down the door and walked in.

The woman, whom police said was shaking and upset, said she and her husband were sleeping and heard a banging noise at their door when they got up and saw Rodriguez walking around in their living room. She said she called police and told the man she had a gun and he needed to get on the floor.

The woman said while she had the gun with her, she never pointed it at the man. She said he complied without making a sound.

Police said Rodriguez caused an estimated $200 in damage, breaking the door frame and the deadbolt lock.

Rodriguez, who reportedly had a 0.21 blood alcohol content, was taken to Porter County Jail and faces possible residential entry and criminal mischief charges, police said.

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