Scottsdale woman wakes to find stranger showering, shouting in her bathroom

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Valley mom woke up to find a stranger inside her Scottsdale home, shouting and showering in her bathroom.

As if that wasn't enough, the mother of two said the terrifying ordeal became even more upsetting when she learned the 50-year-old man had been escorted to her home by Scottsdale police.

"He left his underwear in my dining room. He left his pants in my living room. He left blood on the walls," said the woman, who asked not to identified. "He was in my master bedroom while I was sleeping, and I didn't hear anything until he started screaming in my bathroom."

Court records show officers drove Scott Alan Lamarsh to the house in the early morning hours of Nov. 28 while attempting to diffuse an earlier incident. Lamarsh was heavily intoxicated, according to police reports, and had injuries consistent with a fight, so police offered to give him a courtesy ride home. 

After checking his license and MVD records, and asking Lamarsh where he lived, they left him at the home near McDonald Road and Hayden Drive without waiting to see if he got inside, according to police reports.  

"There was nothing that indicated he did not live at the address. Unfortunately, he was not being honest with officers and then decided to make further poor choices by forcing entry into the home and taking a shower. These poor decisions by Mr. Lamarsh resulted in an extremely frightening event for the true home owner," said Scottsdale Police Public Information Officer Kevin Watts.

Watts said "there does not appear to be any policy violations in this incident," but it is under further review.

Officers later learned that Lamarsh's address was not current and he hadn't lived at the home in two or three years, according to the documents.

According to police, Lamarsh kicked in the front door and made his way upstairs to the bathroom, where the woman and her daughters, ages 8 and 12, were asleep.

"He tore out the plumbing in the shower. He ripped off the shower rod," the woman said. "There was a pretty big mess to clean up."

The woman grabbed her two girls, hid in a bedroom and called police. Officers arrested Lamarsh in a towel.

When officers asked why he entered the home, he said he had been drinking earlier and it was one of those things where "you still feel like it's your home after losing everything," according to court documents.

He has been charged with criminal trespassing, a felony, and criminal damage, a misdemeanor.

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