Police: Parolee tries to hide by holding woman in house

A parolee on the run broke into a west Modesto house Wednesday morning, police say, and held a 56-year-old woman on the floor until officers rescued her and arrested him.

Officers tracked him to the house, thanks in part to muddy footprints at the back door, Modesto police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach said. The suspect, identified as Gilbert Bejaran, 34, had taken off his clothes in an apparent attempt to make it look like he was living there, Gundlach said.

The woman didn't know him. She had been sleeping in the living room when the man broke in. Bejaran grabbed her and told her police were after him, Gund- lach said, then held her down to make it look like they were sleeping when officers arrived.

A patrol officer spotted Bejaran about 2:20 a.m., when the parolee was riding a bike on Sutter Avenue near Pelton Avenue. Bejaran fled and jumped a fence, Gundlach said. Officers chased him, and a Stanislaus County sheriff's dog led them to the house in the 1400 block of Pelton.

Bejaran was booked at Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of burglary, false imprisonment and parole violation, Gundlach said.