Over the weekend River Falls had its own modern twists on the “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fairy tale, where Baby Bear exclaims, "Someone's been sleeping in my bed, and she's still there!"
It happened before dawn Saturday, July 9, in an apartment at 1119 State St.
A 32-year-old man felt something rubbing up against him. His girlfriend was sleeping next to him but it wasn't her rubbing.
They both woke with a feeling that they weren't alone in their bed.
He got up to flip on the bedroom light.
The light revealed a strange man sharing the bed. The male tenant woke the guy.
He apologized for intruding in the couple's apartment. The tenant quickly escorted him out the front door, the screen of which was damaged.
The suspect, however, returned shortly. Have you seen my cellphone?
No, the male tenant said, but if I do I'll call.
The suspect was described as black, 5-10, wearing shorts and calf-high black socks, T-shirt, sneakers.
A River Falls officer came to investigate. He followed a trail of spilled sticks of gum outside to where a cellphone lay in the grass.
The suspect, a 32-year-old St. Paul man, eventually showed up at the police station. He said he was sorry, but had goofed up by going into what he thought was his friend's apartment.
He was given a $187 trespassing citation and, upon his release, had his sticks of gum and phone returned to him.
River Falls police also investigated another stranger in someone's apartment after 4 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at 1063 E. Cascade Ave.
A few women returned to their unlocked apartment after being out. They walked in to find another young woman passed out on their living room floor.
They couldn't wake her. An officer came.
He finally woke the sleeper, described as drunk and confused.
The mystery woman thought she was in Fond du Lac.
She cried after being asked to get into a squad car and come to the police station.
There, an officer using the woman's phone, reached her mother, who described and identified her daughter and gave a local address for her.
It turns out she lives at the same address she was found, but in another apartment.
The woman is a 19-year-old UW-River Falls student.
She was later taken to the 600 block of Lake Street where a female friend agreed to watch over her. The woman was only given a $187 ticket for underage drinking.