Kirsters Baish| A 51-year-old homeless man was arrested in California last month after he tried to break into Governor Jerry Brown’s Sacramento mansion. The homeless man was identified as Steven Seeley.
Seeley spoke to KCRA and told reporters that he thought since the Democratic governor was “an open-door policy kind of guy,” that it was okay for him to come into his home.
After Seeley was arrested on April 19, he agreed to be interviewed by multiple media outlets in order to share his point of view and his side of the story. Seeley explained that he was scared after hearing what he described as the roar of a large cat, so he tried to seek shelter inside the governor’s mansion.
He stated, “He’s an open-door policy kind of guy, so I figured the door would be unlocked, or else I wouldn’t have ran over there if I thought the door would be locked.”
Seeley spoke to the Sacramento Bee, explaining that he knew it was Governor Jerry Brown’s home and said that he thought he could “protect” Brown.
Seeley went on, “I was looking for the security staff, but I didn’t see anybody. I thought the governor was in trouble, I thought he was in danger of being attacked by the wild animals. So I walked in. I yelled ‘Jerry!’”
The suspect claimed that he still heard the same sounds after he entered Brown’s home and hid inside a closet. It wasn’t long before he left through a window and jumped over a fence. While Seeley was fleeing the scene, he wounded his arm. A witness took him to a close by hospital. Police took him into custody straight from the hospital.
Western Journal reports:
Though the governor was not at home at the time of the break-in, his wife was. Fran Clader, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol, indicated that Anne Gust Brown was upstairs the entire time and never came into contact with the suspect.
“The first lady was on an upper floor of the residence when the incident occurred and had no contact with the subject,” she said. “No force was used or required by officers during this incident, and the subject was unarmed.”
Clader also said the residence is covered by “a robust on-site security presence” at all times.
The suspect acknowledged that he sometimes experiences delusions, so he could not be certain that the events occurred as he described them.
The suspect also admitted that he was a methamphetamine addict who has been sleeping inside an abandoned hotel across the street from Brown’s mansion.
Brown’s wife confirmed that the suspect was arrested after being suspected of trespassing “on the executive residence property, breaking a side window on the first floor of the residence.”
She explained that security guards who were assigned to protect the property were “on site throughout the incident” and saw the suspect “behaving erratically.”
The spokesperson for CHP confirmed the statement that the “safety of the first family continues to be our top priority and enhanced security measures remain in place.”
Fox News reported that this break-in just shows how bad the issue of homelessness is in the state of California.