At about 9:50 pm, a man and his wife returned to their home in the 400 block of W. Tenth Street, and after opening the front door, were terrified when they found Luis Rafael Puga (22 years-old from Azusa) standing inside. The woman fled immediately and called the Azusa Police Department, while her husband stayed inside and tried to talk to Puga.
Several police officers were dispatched to the residence. Upon their arrival, they immediately surrounded the residence, and the husband exited. Puga exited the residence after being ordered to do so by the officers, and surrendered. He was arrested and transported to the Azusa Police Department's Jail.
Officers completed their investigation and learned Puga had initially knocked on the front door of the residence, and when no one answered, he climbed through a rear window. At the time when the homeowners had walked through the front door, he was eating food he found in their kitchen.
Puga, who was on probation for burglary at the time of his arrest, was booked for both burglary and for violating his probation. He is being held on $50,000.00 bail.
The Azusa Police Department wants to remind everyone to keep lights on when they are away from their residence at night, and to keep their doors and windows closed and locked as well. If you see or hear someone or something suspicious at a neighbor's residence while they are gone, be a great neighbor and call us. Preventing crime is half the battle!