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Madawaska police charge man after homeowner says he found him asleep in home

MADAWASKA, Maine — Police charged a Madawaska man with criminal trespass after a homeowner said he discovered the intruder sleeping in his living room early Saturday morning.

A homeowner found Michael Bourgoin, 56, sleeping on a couch inside a home on St. Catherine Street after the homeowner’s barking dog woke him up, according to Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois.

After he woke up, Bourgoin, who Dubois said may have been intoxicated at the time, allegedly attempted to go upstairs. The homeowner, who recognized Bourgoin, attempted to restrain him. The intruder sustained minor injuries during the confrontation, police said.

Eventually, Bourgoin fled the residence, and police found him driving on Main Street about an hour later, said Dubois.

Police charged Bourgoin with criminal trespass, rather than burglary, because there was no evidence he intended to commit a crime once inside the home. Dubois said a charge of operating under the influence against Bourgoin is pending.

Police said the homeowner’s wife and other family members also were in the home at the time of the incident.

Police arrested Bourgoin and subsequently released him on personal recognizance. He has not had similar run-ins with officers in the past. He has an arraignment date scheduled for Oct. 4 at Madawaska District Court.

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