Bat-Wielding Resident Chases Drunk Man From His House, Cops Say

Police said Butler resident was involved in car crash before he went into unlocked home.

A Butler man was charged with criminal mischief Friday after police said he walked into a random Bloomingdale residence drunk at nearly 4:30 a.m.

Paul Staup, 28, was charged with burglary in addition to the criminal mischief charge.

Police responded to the Rafkind Road home where the homeowner said he was awoken by Staup, unknown to him, in the house, according to a press release prepared by Bloomingdale Police Ptl. Dan Fletcher. The homeowner was able to chase Staup out of the home with a baseball bat.

Fletcher said police found Staup walking on the road, allegedly intoxicated, and with a bleeding hand. He was arrested and then transported to Chilton Hospital.

A police investigation revealed that Staup had been involed in a car crash earlier with another person. Staup did not know where the car was after the crash, Fletcher said, but he had injured his hand while attempting to get the car back on the roadway. In an attempt to seek help for his injury, Fletcher said Staup sought help and walked into the home, which had an open doorway. Once he was in the home, Staup damaged a bedroom door, waking the resident up, Fletcher said.

Staup was released on bail posted by a friend. The vehicle and other occupant of the car were found later on Knolls Road. The car had to be towed from the scene because of the damage incurred in the crash, Fletcher said.

The Passaic County Sheriff's Department CIS also assisted with the investigation.

For questions on this blotter, email ariana.cohn-sheehan@patch.com

dave jr December 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
First of all he wasn't looking for help he was screaming out some girls name and left blood in every room walked in every room opend every door so that's a lie ...I wish this creep had came in my room he would still be at chilton ..thanks to my dad and the police nothing escalated to such affect very thankful lock your doors and stay safe people merry Christmas
dave jr December 22, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I guess he sought help by kicking down.the door too ...smh
jersey girl December 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thank God the family is safe! Thank you Bloomingdale Police for getting this drunk out of our town ( for the time beinging).
Thomas Pereira December 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I know "Paul", and this is uncharacteristic. I also know the Smith family, and I'm just happy everyone is OK. This could have ended in any number of bad ways. I'm not looking to make excuses for him, but this is completely out of character for "Paul". Clearly he was inebriated to the point that he had no idea where he was or what he was doing. That is obviously his fault, and no one else...but I know this man to be a great person of high character and in fact, a seminary school student. A religious man, and just an overall great person. As angry and fearful as people understandably are, please don't rush to judge him over this isolated situation.
dave jr December 23, 2012 at 06:26 AM
And thank you jersey girl ...I'm just happy my family is ok


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