Police: Man falls asleep after breaking into Austin business

Booking photo of Ricardo Cardona (Travis County Jail)
Booking photo of Ricardo Cardona (Travis County Jail)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – When a south Austin business owner went into work this weekend he found more than he bargained for – a strange intruder. The owners are relieved he came for nothing more than a good night’s sleep.

According to an arrest affidavit, 28-year old Ricardo Cardona tried for 20 minutes to kick down the door at Hudson Meats on South Congress and finally succeeded.

“He comes over to the cooler and grabs a couple sausages. Goes back outside, then comes back inside,” explains Ashley Booth, office manager at Hudson Meats.

Surveillance cameras then captured Cardona walk over to the 40-degree meat cooler, quickly realize it wasn’t for him, then turn back.

“We were really just surprised by what actually happened,” said Scott Grumbles, general manager of Hudson Meats.

Grumbles says Cardona walked into the office at about 5:30 a.m., found a coat, kicked his feet up on a desk and fell asleep. When employees showed up for thier shift about 7 a.m., they found the suspect and called police.

According to the affidavit, Cardona woke up to the sight of officers and said “I don’t work here, sir.” He is charged with Criminal Trespass.

Cardona told police he was out drinking with friends the night before and was likely cold before entering Hudson Meats. Police don’t think the suspect had any plans to steal from the business,” according to the court document.

“It could have been 180 degrees from what actually happened. So we take it with a grain of salt and it’s quite entertaining now how it actually all played out and what happened,” Grumbles said.

Insurance money replaced the door. This all happened during Hudson Meats’ busiest time – rifle season – when hunters bring their trophies to be processed for meals.

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