WEEKI WACHEE — Alerted by her barking dogs, a Hernando woman walked through her house and found a stranger standing in a bedroom next to a bed where her husband was sleeping, according to an arrest report.
Hernando County Sheriff's deputies reported that the 60-year-old woman was in one bedroom of her Dundee Way house Wednesday afternoon when the dogs began barking. She went to see what had the dogs excited and saw a man standing in another bedroom of her house.
At first, she thought it was her husband, she said, but she quickly realized it was an intruder. The man began talking to her about windows, but she told him to get out of the house, the report states. As she walked toward him, the man retreated outside, allowing her to lock the door and call the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies soon found a man fitting the suspect's description in the area of Abington Way and Roxburg Drive, and the woman identified the suspect as the stranger in her home.
The suspect, Compton D. Barnes, told deputies he was working for a window sales company that was in the area doing home solicitations. Barnes at first denied being in the home but later told deputies he wanted to apologize to the woman and admitted that he went inside the house, according to the report.
Barnes, 38, was arrested on a count of burglary to an occupied dwelling.