Sheriff’s Office: Naked man arrested after forcing his way into random home, firing shots

Deputies arrest man in connection to home invasion

CAROLINE Co., Va. (WWBT) - The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office arrested a naked man who they say forced his way into a random home and fired shots into it.

Deputies were called around 6 p.m. to the 7000 block of Ladysmith Road just off Interstate 95 on Wednesday evening.

Officials said the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Edward Cole of Alexandria, forced his way through the door and asked for a phone charger.

The couple inside told him to leave and ran for safety, where the husband grabbed his gun. Deputies said Cole then saw the man, fought him and got ahold of the weapon.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office arrested a naked man who they say forced his way into a random home and fired shots into it.
The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office arrested a naked man who they say forced his way into a random home and fired shots into it. (Source: NBC12)

The couple then ran out of the house and into the woods, while Cole went to his vehicle, firing shots through the window and into the home, authorities said.

Deputies then say Cole went back inside the home where they negotiated with him for about 30 minutes to come out. He later did so but without any clothes on.

“He came outside to the front door. He did have the weapon at that time. One of the deputies gave him verbal commands to drop the weapon, to come outside. He went back into the house. That’s when he went inside, snatched the weapon, removed his clothing and engaged us," Sgt. Jason Miller said.

He was then arrested.

The sheriff’s office said he is charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, assault and battery, robbery, felony property destruction, indecent exposure and two counts of attempted malicious wounding.

He is being held without bond.

“I could not have been prouder of the men and women of your sheriff’s office last night. Despite some very tense and trying circumstances, we were able to take Mr. Coles into custody without further injury to anyone,” Sheriff Lippa said.

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