Police: Man who thinks he's a TV character commits odd burglary

SEATTLE -- A man claiming to be a character from the TV show "24" broke into a North Seattle apartment to face his fears, leaving behind "several odd occurrences," including an ID card stuck into a muffin top, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers were called to a burglary in the 1200 block of Northeast 135th Street around 6:15 p.m. Sunday only to be diverted to reports of a man screaming at people a block away.

According to the police report for the incident, officers arrived to find a man talking to himself, seemingly high, intoxicated or mentally unstable, and possibly hallucinating.

Officers determined the man was not a danger to himself or others and allowed him to walk home.

When officers finally arrived at the burglary, they discovered a strange scene, writing, "Overall, there were several odd occurrences inside of the apartment."

Those odd occurrences included:

  • Lots of garbage and other items thrown on the ground
  • All electronics unplugged
  • Mysterious pants and swim trunks in the kitchen
  • The victim's ID card stuck in a muffin top
  • A frozen pie in the oven
  • A large decorative wooden fork outside the kitchen window
  • The peephole portion of the front door missing
  • A kitten missing
  • A laptop broken

The victim told officers he was away from the apartment for six hours but left it unlocked because he didn't think he'd be gone that long. He also said the man officers had just let walk home threw his own peephole at him.

Officers found the suspect at his apartment in the same block and arrested him.

According to the report, officers asked the man if he broke into the victim's apartment, and he said, "Obviously." He also said he was a character from the TV show "24" (exactly which character is redacted from the report) and went into the apartment to face his fears.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.