Hammond couple discovers stranger walking through their home in the middle of the night

Hammond couple discovers stranger walking through their home in the middle of the night

POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:09pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 4:05pm

A Tickfaw man with an extensive criminal history was arrested Tuesday after a couple noticed him walking through their home.

According to a statement released by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Daniel D. Starkey, 44, of Tickfaw, LA, broke into a couple’s home in Hammond.

The couple says they suddenly saw Starkey walking through their house areound 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. They saw him come out of a back bedroom, walk through the living room, and leave through the front door. They had no idea how long he had actually been in their home.

While speaking with the victims, deputies saw Starkey walking outside in front of the house.

Officers commanded Starkey to stop and get on the ground; however, Starkey ran away.

Police later found Starkey at his trailer a short distance from the victim’s home.

Starkey was given several chances to surrender. When Starkey continued to resist, police used K-9 assistance to apprehend him.

Once in custody, Starkey continued violently resisting arrest and had to be placed in hand and foot shackles for the deputies’ safety.

Officers brought Starkey back to the victim’s residence, where they identified him as the man who was inside their home. Police also located the window where Starkey entered the house.

Starkey had an extensive criminal history including charges of forcible rape, second degree battery, battery on a police officer, burglary, resisting arrest, indecent behavior of a juvenile, and attempted second degree murder.

For the most recent incident, he was charged with aggravated burglary, 2 counts of resisting arrest by flight or force and public intimidation. 

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