Justin Trudeau home break-in: Man entered in error so no charges
'The person entered the wrong home in error,' police say after man in surveillance video turns himself in
Ottawa police say no charges will be laid after Justin Trudeau's home was entered into while his family slept, because the man spotted in video surveillance "entered the wrong home by accident" while he was drunk.
The 19-year-old turned himself in to police the same day investigators released surveillance video footage of him that was recorded in Trudeau's neighbourhood, said Ottawa police break-and-enter unit Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban.
The man told police he was heavily intoxicated at the time and that he had entered the wrong home by accident. He was trying to get into a friend's house, Ghadban said.
The man found kitchen knives not far from where he entered the home and he briefly thought about stealing them, Ghadban said. Instead, the man left a note for the homeowners saying he could have stolen things, and that they should lock their doors.
He placed five or six knives on the floor next to the note.
"In his mind, he was leaving a note of apology and remorse," Ghadban said.
"There was a momentary thought process that before he left he would actually take some items with him, which was very short-lived. He immediately decided against that."
The man had no criminal record or contacts with police prior to the incident, Ghadban added. The facts of the case did not meet the threshold for criminal charges to be laid.
Incident occurred while Trudeau was out of town
The incident occurred sometime overnight Aug. 15-16 while Trudeau was out of town.
"A thorough investigation has determined no charges should be laid," Ottawa police said in a media release Tuesday morning. "A satisfactory amount of evidence shows the person entered the wrong home in error."
The individual has been "formally cautioned" by police, the release added, and the case is now closed.
Trudeau's family has been notified and are satisfied with the results of the investigation, Ghadban said.
In the past month, five break-ins have been reported in the Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood where Trudeau lives.
The Trudeau's family home's case was the only one in which nothing was stolen and a note was left.
Some of the people living and working nearby told CBC News the police decision to not charge the man sends the wrong message.
"I think if we start using the fact we can't manage the amount of alcohol we drink to cover up terrible invasions of people's privacy, we have a little bit of a problem there," said Grace Betts.