Vail resident finds stranger in his home |

Vail resident finds stranger in his home

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – A Vail, Colorado resident had a terrifying surprise when he woke up early Saturday morning to find a stranger stretched out on the living room couch.

Dr. Wayne Newman, a summer resident in Vail, got up around 5 a.m. and saw the man on his couch. He held the man at gunpoint in his home until police arrived.

Newman isn’t sure if his Sun Vail condominium was locked, but there was no forced entry. The stranger appeared to be drunk or on drugs and police think he came into the home thinking it was his own apartment, which is a few blocks down the road, Newman said.

While the man didn’t steal anything and nobody was hurt in the incident, Newman said “it could have been tragic.”

Newman, like many other Vail residents, has grown complacent in Vail. Crime is low and people assume nothing will happen – many leave their doors unlocked whether they’re home or not, he said.

Newman said the incident made him think twice about his safety. His wife, the stranger or himself could have been hurt, he said.

Vail Police have reported an increase in residential burglaries since June, and sent out a statement in July asking the community to be more aware and diligent to help prevent break-ins.

Most of the break-ins happened during the daytime when people are at work or away from home, but suspects all seemed to get inside through unlocked windows and doors.

The Vail Police Department is urging residents to lock their doors and windows, and to always activate security alarms. It’s also good to talk to neighbors and keep and eye out for each other.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying additional leads about recent burglaries and are offering a cash reward for any suspect information that contributes to an arrest. For details, contact Bettis at 970-479-2346

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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