A registered sex offender wearing an ankle bracelet and tuned into a San Jose police scanner on smartphone app was arrested Tuesday morning after he allegedly broke into a woman's house and was scared off when she screamed.
Lt. Mike Sullivan said Ryan Kamfolt, 29, was arrested on suspicion of burglary when he tried to walk out of the neighborhood in the 100 block of Southbrook Drive, near Monterey Road and Tennant Avenue.
The 52-year-old woman, who declined to be interviewed on camera, was home alone when she woke up at about 3:15 a.m. to find Kamfolt standing above her.
She told NBC Bay Area that she began screaming and chased him out of the house because "she's always had that instinct in her."
She called 911 and gave a good description of him. Police said he likely broke in through her kitchen window and took off through a sliding glass door.
Officers responded in 90 seconds, police said, because two officers were nearby, conducting patrols because of extra burglaries recently reported in the vicinity.
When the officers found Kamfolt running away, they said he was wearing an ankle bracelet and holding a smartphone, which was running a police scanner application that was set to an SJPD Southern Division channel. He was trying to avoid capture by tuning in.
Turns out, Kamfolt is a registered sex offender and was out on parole for burglary.
Sullivan said Kamfolt matched the description and was arrested. The wom
an later identified Kamfolt as the intruder.
Police also found women's underwear in Kamfolt's pockets. Police did not immediately
know how he got the underwear.
Kamfolt had last registered on Feb. 13 as a transient and was in compliance with his registration conditions.
The woman told NBC Bay Area that she said she wishes her husband had been home but glad that her daughters weren't.
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