Crime

Lacey man pleads not guilty to breaking into house, taking off his clothes

A 43-year-old Lacey man accused of breaking into a Thurston County home and taking off his clothes pleaded not guilty to residential burglary, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest in Thurston County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

Ronald E. Parker was arrested November 20, and is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Judge Chris Wickham set Parker’s trial for the week of Jan. 26.

Court documents give the following account of the events leaving to his arrest:

Early in the morning of Nov. 20, Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports that a man had entered a Thurston County home. The caller said that her husband, an off-duty Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy, was armed and chasing the suspect.

The husband told deputies that the family went to bed at 10 p.m. and woke up several hours later when their dog began barking. He opened their bedroom door and saw a man, who he assumed was his son sleep walking.

When the husband realized that the man wasn’t his son, he grabbed his gun and began chasing him. The man ran outside into the bushes. The husband found a pile of clothing behind the couch and a pair of underwear near the door. The man was identified as Parker using a wallet found in the clothing.

Olympia Police Department and Tumwater Police Department K9 teams responded and found Parker hiding in a neighbor’s hot tub.

He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital, where he told medics that he had taken a “high dose” of methamphetamine the night before.

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