BEND, OR -- A Bend man discovered an intoxicated man in his apartment Saturday night, trying to steal an unloaded shotgun. The victim was home at the time of the burglary, but initially thought the suspect was his roommate. He ordered the man out and called police.
Officers responded to NW 11th and Newport and spent a long period of time trying to call the suspect out of a hallway at the apartment complex. They eventually arrested 24-year-old Eric Koester.
He was taken to St. Charles Bend with cuts on his hands. He's charged with Burglary I, Theft I and Criminal Mischief II.
The shotgun was recovered at the scene. Based on its appearance, police believe Koester threw the gun over the balcony during the burglary.