Sheriff's: Burglary suspect arrested in 'altered state of mind'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Deputies have arrested a man whom police say appeared to have drugs in his system while allegedly breaking into an east side home on Friday.

Rincon District deputies responded to a disturbance call at a Walgreens drug store around 7:15 a.m. but quickly learned the suspect had fled the area. They were soon dispatched to a reported home burglary near the 7000 block of E. Arrowhead Drive.

They located 33-year-old Gerald W. Archuleta in a fenced yard. He was apprehended with the help of a sheriff's department canine.

Upon further investigation, police learned the victim had apparently been aware of an intruder, locked himself in his room and called 911.

Archuleta reportedly kicked in the victim's door and had an odd conversation with him before leaving the residence.

Police say Archuleta appeared to be in an altered state of mind and possibly had drugs in his system. He was taken to the hospital and later charged with first degree criminal trespassing and criminal damage.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department reminds the public to keep doors and windows locked, and to report suspicious activity or persons. Also, if an intruder is in your home, avoid confrontation and call 911 from a safe location.

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