The Sonora Police Department arrested a Sonora-area transient man for trespassing into an occupied home early Wednesday morning and making a bed in a laundry room.

About 5:30 a.m., a resident of the first block of Snell Street woke up and discovered that an unknown person had entered an unlocked door during the night and made a bed with the homeowners blankets in the laundry room, Sgt. Tim Wertz said.

The man had locked himself in the laundry room, Wertz said, and expressed to officers that he was seeking a place to stay warm and sleep.

The man had mistakenly believed the house was owned by a person he knew.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mathews said temperatures reached the low to mid-30s early Wednesday morning.

Especially in the wintertime, he said, sunrise is the coldest part of the day because latent heat radiates out of the dry air.

Sunrise Wednesday morning was about 7 a.m., a little over an hour after the man was discovered.

Wertz said that the man had been “seen” by the Sonora Police Department during a few “separate incidents,” and he was not sure if the man was homeless. The man was listed as a transient during his booking, Wertz said, and no information indicated that he was under the influence at the time of his arrest.

Jeffrey Herdt Jr., 28, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of trespassing into an occupied dwelling.

Herdt was arrested by sheriff’s deputies about 2 p.m. the previous day on Jacksonville Road in Jamestown on suspicion of disorderly conduct and drunk in public, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs.

Herdt was released on $3,000 bail for the disorderly conduct arrest before he was arrested and booked into the jail again early Wednesday morning.

Herdt was not in the Tuolumne County Jail as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.




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