Probable cause found vs man accused of entering a woman’s home while she slept


The Superior Court has found probable cause to try a man accused of breaking into a woman’s home while she was asleep and removing her blanket.

During a preliminary hearing, Superior Court associate judge Joseph Camacho found probable cause to charge Tyneth S. Mariur with burglary and disturbing the peace for allegedly breaking into the woman’s home and removing her blanket.

At the preliminary hearing, the court heard testimony, which led the court to find probable cause to believe that Mariur committed the crimes he is accused of.

“The defendant is therefore held to answer said charges,” said Camacho.

Mariur was arrested last month after a woman called police reporting an attempted rape in Chalan Kiya.

According to court documents, Department of Public Safety officers responded last Nov. 12 to a call about an attempted rape in a house in Chalan Kiya at around 4:11am. At the scene, officers met with the victim who was in tears inside a car near the house.

She told police that she got home from work on Friday night at around 10pm and went to bed. However, she left her door unlocked in case her boyfriend arrives and sleeps over.

At around 3am, she was awakened by the feeling of someone pulling off her blanket. She said when she looked up, she saw Mariur standing next to her and holding her blanket. This prompted the victim to scream, get out of bed, and run to her car where she called her boyfriend and the police.

At the scene, police also interviewed Mariur who, police noted, smelled heavily of alcohol.

Mariur told police that he heard someone at the back of his house so he went over to the victim’s residence to ask the woman’s boyfriend, a cop, to help him look around for “stealers.” However, when no one responded to his knocks, Mariur said he entered the home and called out to the cop from the living room.

He said while he was calling out for the cop, the woman woke up and asked him what he was doing inside the house, to which he responded that he was looking for her boyfriend.

When the victim told Mariur that her boyfriend was outside their house, he went out in search for him and when he returned, the woman told him to go home.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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