A Cape Coral woman caught a man climbing out of her in the attic of her home after officers next door searched for someone wanted on an arrest warrant.
Police said they were called into a maisonette Wednesday afternoon for a break-in. They’d been to the duplex hours earlier, trying to find someone they wanted. According to the police report, the wanted person lived in the residence they were visiting, but someone who opened the door said he had not been seen in a month.
After the police left, Janece Galeano, who lives next to the residence officials visited, heard strange noises and went to investigate. Then she found a man dangling from the skylight into the garage.
“I’ve been through a lot of things, but I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” said Galeano.
Galeano says she saw at least one person in the attic. She woke up from a nap and found a man there.
“I stared at him for a good 10 seconds before realizing what was going on, and when I finally registered what was going on, I asked him what…. do you?”
The man apologized and told her he had broken through the other side. Then he rose again and disappeared.
“That’s when he told me he was sorry he broke in from the other side and that it was his bad thing, and he just closed it and went on with his day,” said Galeano.
That didn’t mitigate the physical and emotional damage the man left behind.
“The last thing I expected was to see someone’s legs hanging from my ceiling on my attic door,” Galeano said.
Galeano went to confront her neighbor and when she was there the man she thought she saw in her attic came out of the house. She asked if he had been in the attic and he denied it before leaving.
Galeano told police that some people were coming and going from the residence next door, including the man she found in the garage.
An officer climbed into the attic and found that there had been a total of $ 1,200 in damage. The person is believed to have entered the attic of the neighboring property and then blasted through the partition to get to the neighboring floor.
Galeano and her best friend are working to make their site a lot safer so that no one breaks down again.
“Was it worth it?” Said Galeano. “Because you have a whole bunch of other things on top of what you had before.”
Police said they believe the person caught in the attic may be the person they were looking for earlier in the day.
There is now a 14-day eviction notice on the front door of the neighboring house of Galeanos maisonette.
According to the CCPD, the unknown man was not found.
“I was really lucky that day because it could have been anyone anytime,” said Galeano. “So I’m just grateful that I’m fine … and everyone is safe at this point.”