Man faces charges after being caught breaking into apartment downtown

Stranger attempting to crawl in woman's bathroom
Man faces charges after being caught breaking into apartment downtown

Fast action by a resident downtown helped authorities catch a burglary in progress early Friday morning, Madison police say.

Police said a woman in the 400 block of Gilman Street called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Friday after she heard someone breaking into her home. She realized a stranger was attempting to crawl into her bathroom.

The resident, 25, grabbed her cellphone and ran outside to call police. An officer was in the area and responded quickly to the scene, police said. He spotted legs hanging outside a shattered first-floor window, with a man seemingly stuck.

According to the report, the officer demanded to see the man’s hands, but the intruder slid into the apartment. Officers went inside and found 21-year-old Shane Murphy lying in the bathtub. Police said Murphy was taken into custody without incident.

Murphy told police he had been out socializing with friends, but couldn’t explain why he broke into the apartment, authorities said.

He faces charges of burglary and resisting arrest, according to police.

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