Naked man crashes SUV, enters stranger’s home in Newtown

April 13, 2019

NEWTOWN — A man is accused of crashing his sport utility vehicle while naked and under the influence early Saturday morning before making his way into a stranger’s unlocked house, police said.

Joseph Achenbach, 35, of Watertown, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, evading responsibility and driving under the influence.

Around 8 a.m., Newtown police said, officers responded to a house on Church Hill Road after homeowners reported to police they got home from shopping to find a naked man they had never met before walking around their house.

“Obviously this was a very terrifying situation for the homeowners and we are very happy our officers were able to respond, in a prompt manner, and apprehend the suspect without anyone getting hurt,” said a statement from Lt. Aaron Bahamonde.

Although he said he didn’t want to speculate for a possible motive, he said he could say “with certainty that alcohol and/or drugs played a role in Achenbach’s behavior.”

The homeowners called police from outside their home and officers arrived within minutes and took Achenbach into custody.

During the investigation, officers found that Achenback pulled off of Church Hill Road and crashed his Ford Escape into the rear yard of the victim’s home while they were out. He then went inside the home through an unlocked sliding glass door, police said.

Police said they were unable to find Archenbach’s clothes and believe he was naked before crashing his SUV and going into the home.

He was held on a $5,000 bond and is expected in court on Monday.