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Stranger found on couple's couch arrested for drug possession, trespassing

Michael Ingalsbe's security camera was recording as a stranger stumbled into his yard and proceeded to enter his home. (Source: Michael Ingalsbe) Michael Ingalsbe's security camera was recording as a stranger stumbled into his yard and proceeded to enter his home. (Source: Michael Ingalsbe)
The security camera shows Ingalsbe, an Army veteran, punch and kick the man on his way out of the house. (Source: Michael Ingalsbe) The security camera shows Ingalsbe, an Army veteran, punch and kick the man on his way out of the house. (Source: Michael Ingalsbe)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Angry dogs and security cameras didn't stop a man from illegally entering a family's home and sitting on their couch. 

Michael Ingalsbe's security camera was recording as a stranger stumbled into his yard and proceeded to enter his home. 

"When I come up behind him, he was sitting on the couch trying to figure out how to deal with the dogs," Ingalsbe said. 

Ingalsbe said the man's eyes looked hazy and he wouldn't leave. 

"I physically removed him from the home and he resisted a little bit and probably shouldn't have," he explained.

The security camera shows Ingalsbe, an Army veteran, punch and kick the man out of the house. He said he had no idea whether the man had a weapon or was violent, but his first instinct was to protect his family. 

Once thrown out of the house, Ingalsbe said the man kept asking for his backpack, which he found was filled with syringes and drug paraphernalia once he emptied it out. 

"You hear about the opioid problem across the U.S., Memphis is obviously a hot spot for it," Ingalsbe said. "Mayor, we need some help. You need some help. You need some action plans and getting the people to help."

Memphis police officers showed up within 10 minutes of the call and were able to arrest the man. 

"You hear of good and bad reviews on the police, but they did a five-star job on this one," Ingalsbe said. 

MPD later identified the man who entered Ingalsbe's home as Justin Tidwell. He is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing.

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