In what reads like an R-rated sequel to “Home Alone,” a Phoenix teen fought off a meth-addled intruder who allegedly broke into his house because he thought it was “haunted and abandoned.”
Andre Marc Sutherland, 27, was arrested Dec. 2 after he allegedly entered the teen’s home through an unlocked sliding glass door at around 7 p.m. while the teen was home by himself and in the kitchen making a pizza, Phoenix police said in a complaint obtained by Oxygen.com.
When the boy returned to his bedroom, he found Sutherland — who law enforcement said was high on meth at the time — lying on his bed and fondling himself, according to the complaint.
The plucky teen responded by punching the alleged intruder in the face, leading to a scuffle in which the boy put Sutherland in a chokehold, police said. After the brief fight, Sutherland asked the boy if he wanted Sutherland to leave, and when the teen said yes, Sutherland strolled out the front door, police said.
After locking the door, the teen locked himself in a bathroom and called 911 and his dad, according to the complaint.
The boy’s father, who was out at the time, said was proud of how his son dealt with the terrifying situation, according to AZFamily.com, a local CBS affiliate that first reported the incident.
"I don't think anybody could have done any better than what he's done," the boy's father said. "He reacted perfectly in a situation where you couldn't really tell what way it was going to go."
When cops caught up with Sutherland afterward, he told officers that he had been looking for a place to sleep and chose the teen’s house because he said it looked “haunted and abandoned,” police said in the complaint.
Sutherland, who allegedly admitted to authorities that he had been using meth for the past month, told investigators he had been fondling himself as a way to “draw the spirits in,” and expressed surprise that the teen punched him because he thought they had been having a “telepathic conversation,” according to police.
Sutherland was charged with burglary, public sexual indecency and aggravated assault, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office told Oxygen.com. He remains locked up on $900 bond at Maricopa County Jail, according to online jail records.
[Photo Credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]
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