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Man Shows Up Naked to Propose — at the Wrong House

Thomas Edwards

Thomas Edwards

In what may be a case of mistaken identity, mistaken address, or a mistaken vial of meds, Seminole County Florida man Thomas Edwards reportedly showed up at his girlfriend’s house to propose — except he was naked and it wasn’t her house, and the man in the home, who summoned police, did not know Edwards.

The caller initially reported a shirtless man to police on his patio after knocking at the door in the middle of the night woke the family. He describes the stranger for the 911 operator as a black man with no shirt and tan pants. Later in the call the operator asks what the suspect is doing. The man replies “I’m not really sure, he’s up and down, he’s — takin’ his pants off…clothes off.

By the time police arrived the suspect was reportedly in his birthday suit insisting that he had been called by his girlfriend and told to show up at this address on Sunday to propose. At least his motives were pure. Police informed him that this was not her house and that no one in the house knew him. Edwards seems to have taken this news rather well considering the circumstances.

They then, however, asked him to put his clothes back on. That did not go over so well with Edwards, who reportedly spit on them. Not surprisingly, getting spit on didn’t go over well at all with police, who tased Edwards and arrested him.

He was charged with burglary of a dwelling, battery on a law enforcement officer and indecent exposure and held in the Seminole County jail on a $5,500 bond.

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