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California burglary suspect caught showering in home

Jose Cruz, 21, is taken into custody, accused of burglarizing a home in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.
Jose Cruz, 21, is taken into custody, accused of burglarizing a home in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

A Modesto burglary suspect was taken to the Stanislaus County jail soaking wet after he was caught taking a shower, fully clothed, in the victim’s bathroom.

He was trying to wash blood from his body after cutting his hand punching through a window to get inside the house, said Ontel Security Chief David McCann.

Ontel security officers responded to the home in the 300 block of El Rio Avenue on Saturday afternoon after an intruder tripped the burglary alarm.

Al Wood, owner of Al’s Certified Safe and Lock, arrived first. He opened the front door and saw the suspect at the kitchen sink so he quietly closed the door and waited for backup from Ontel Security, which contracts with Wood for his alarm services.

When Ontel’s Jonathan Hansbury arrived, he and Woods entered the home, where they heard someone in a bathroom, McCann said.

Hansbury and Wood said the intruder was holding the door shut so they had to force their way in. The suspect was wet from the shower and had a bathroom towel wrapped around his cut hand.

He wouldn’t comply with Hansbury’s orders so the security officer wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him.

The suspect, 21-year-old Jose Cruz, was treated by paramedics for injuries to his hand before Modesto police arrived to take him to jail. He was booked on suspicion of burglary.

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