Charges: Naked man caught after showering in family's home
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A 42-year-old man with a history of mental illness was arrested completely naked after breaking into a Lakewood family's home to take a shower last Friday, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
A couple and their three children got back to their house on Briar Road shortly before 10 p.m. after going out to dinner. According to the charging documents, the children entered the house first and found Scott Latham standing in the kitchen wearing only a pair of jeans he was holding up by a belt loop.
Latham reportedly told the couple he had just taken a shower and wanted to leave, but the husband refused to let Latham go until police arrived. According to the charging documents, Latham and the husband then got into a struggle.
An officer showed up to find the wife and children outside the house. The children were visibly upset and crying.
According to the charging documents, the officer entered the home to find the husband holding Latham in a headlock. Latham was naked, and his pants were on the floor nearby.
The officer was able to arrest Latham with the husband's help. The husband told the officer Latham had punched him multiple times in the face during their fight.
According to the charging documents, Latham told the officer his now-deceased parents used to live in the house, and he came through a window in order to take a bath. The husband said there were still suds in the tub.
Latham was charged with burglary and assault Monday.
According to the Tacoma News-Tribune, Latham has a history of mental illness and was charged with murder in 1998 when a man he punched without provocation at Western State Hospital died after falling and hitting his head. Latham later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.