Underwear-clad intruder searching for tennis balls arrested

Ormond Beach woman calls 911 after being awakened

Charles Snowden.
Charles Snowden.

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – A man clad only in ripped underwear was arrested after breaking into an Ormond Beach home, police said.

Charles Snowden, 41, was booked into the Volusia County jail in Daytona Beach on a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling.

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Volusia County deputies said Snowden claimed he was looking for tennis balls when he was found loitering outside a woman's home.

Deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood after the Sheriff's Office received a call at 7:16 a.m. Wednesday from a woman who lives on Woodcrest Drive.

"I just woke up. There was a strange man walking in my house," the woman told a dispatcher. "He's walking down the street right now. He's in underwear -- ripped."

The woman told deputies that she awoke to the sound of an intruder coming through her sliding-glass doors before he rummaged through the silverware drawer in the kitchen, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Afraid to confront the man, the woman said she waited until the intruder walked out the front door and then called for help.

The woman said she didn't notice anything missing from her house.

Deputies spotted Snowden, dressed only in a pair of boxer shorts, a few minutes later.

Deputies said Snowden claimed that he had been visiting a resident in the area and was looking for tennis balls for his friend's dog. 

He said he took his clothes off because he had gotten them wet while doing some pressure washing earlier in the day, according to deputies.

Snowden, who appeared to be under the influence of an undetermined substance, denied being in the victim's house, according to deputies.

He was arrested and was being held on $1,500 bond.