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Homeowner finds paranoid and allegedly high man hiding in closet

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Rene Arismendi | Bonneville County Jail

AMMON — Deputies arrested a man Wednesday who allegedly hid inside a stranger’s closest to hide from people trying to “kill him.”

Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a house on the 2500 block of Ammon Road after a homeowner came home around 9 a.m. and found 20-year-old Rene Arismendi. According to a sheriff’s office news release, the homeowner said he did not know the man from Rupert and had had him sit on the couch until deputies arrived.

Arismendi told deputies he was staying with friends at a nearby Airbnb and believed they would harm him. Deputies reports show when the homeowner found Arismendi, he had been making statements about hiding from “people who were trying to kill him.”

The Sheriff’s office reports Arismendi appeared to be under the influence, paranoid and his story did not make sense.

Inside Arismendi’s bag of clothes and backpack, deputies discovered over 40 pills and a second baggie with white residue. Arismendi said the bag held methamphetamine he had smoked earlier with a friend and the pills he had gotten from someone he did not know. The pills were two types of prescription medications not prescribed to him.

Deputies took Arismendi to the Bonneville County Jail and booked him for misdemeanor unlawful entry, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a drug without a prescription.

Wednesday night, deputies were called back to the home after a four-year-old child found a black pouch stuffed in the couch cushion, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by EastIdahoNews.com. When deputies opened the zippered pouch, they discovered a small Ziploc bag filled with about 15 grams of methamphetamine.

Also, inside the bag, a deputy found one of Arismendi’s paystubs and a receipt from a probation drug test.

Arismendi is now also charged with felony possession of meth. He remains held in jail and is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 2.

Although Arismendi is charged with crimes, it does not necessarily mean he committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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