Police: Man entered unlocked homes

Two homes on the 800 block of Eighth Avenue were entered by a Montgomery County man who police said appeared to be intoxicated.

David N. Ziherambere, 34, of Pottstown was taken into custody Sunday night after he walked into two unlocked homes on the 800 block of Eighth Avenue just before midnight, according to charges filed by Altoona police.

Police said Ziherambere entered a home and after walking through the kitchen and into a first floor bedroom, asked a resident there if he could help him with an injury to his shoulder. When the people inside realized no one knew Ziherambere, he was ushered outside, where he lingered before walking to a neighboring house.

Police indicated Ziherambere walked into the unlocked door at another residence, and when the resident returned home, she found him in her kitchen. Ziherambere left when he was told to leave, and police found him walking down the block.

Ziherambere appeared confused and had difficulty standing on his own, according to police. He was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts but was sweating profusely, didn’t seem to know where he was or what had happened and seemed under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

After Ziherambere was taken into custody, he “began to violently throw up in the back of the patrol vehicle,” Altoona police Patrolman Nathan Patterson noted in the charges. Once at the Altoona Police Department, Ziherambere was taken by ambulance to UPMC Altoona for treatment of his injuries.

Police said none of the residents knew Ziherambere.

Ziherambere was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio and released on an unsecured $15,000 bond.


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