EAST WENATCHEE — Residents of a house in the 600 block of Second Street Northeast were surprised to come home Saturday night and find a strange man in their kitchen.
“He was standing there with the refrigerator door open and feeding their dog some pudding,” said Dan Reierson, assistant chief with the East Wenatchee Police Department.
The suspect told the couple that he was looking for a man to kill, but the residents told him that person did not live there, Reierson said. The suspect sat for a brief time in a rocking chair in the living room, then walked out the front door. The suspect called to the dog, the dog followed him and they both walked away from the house.
The residents reported the incident to the RiverCom dispatch center at 8:20 p.m.
During the time the suspect was inside, the residents learned his name, Reierson said. Officers arrested the suspect at his residence, in the 6000 block of Grover Street, a short time later.
Jason L. McDaniel, 38, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. Reierson said he is suspected of entering the residence through a basement window, which was broken out.
The dog was not found at the suspect’s residence and remains missing. Buddy is a black, lab-pitbull mix with a white stripe down its chest. Anyone with information on Buddy can call the police department at 884-9511.