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Police: Man Found Hiding In Scarsdale Closet

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – An Elmsford house painter was found hiding in a closet of a Scarsdale home Tuesday night, according to police.

Daniel Romo-Gonzalez, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors.

The home's occupant reported to police around 9:55 p.m. that he had seen someone he believed to be one of his painters hiding in a third-floor bedroom closet. Officers went to the third floor and found Romo-Gonzalez, who was arrested and taken to Police Headquarters.

The home was searched and officers found that the basement windows had been covered with cardboard to prevent people from seeing in. In the basement area, they found Romo-Gonzalez’s lunchbox, sneakers, T-shirt and adult toy.

At headquarters, police discovered that the man did not speak English. He was read his Miranda Warning in Spanish and he provided a statement to police.

Romo-Gonzalez was taken to Scarsdale Village Court and arraigned by Judge Arlene Katz. A bilingual officer translated. Cash bail was set at $500. Romo-Gonzalez said his boss could post bail, and he did early the next morning. He is due back in court Wednesday July 11.

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