Police in Oregon got quite the surprise while looking for 49-year-old James Bufford early Tuesday – and residents got quite the laugh.
Salem police were looking for Bufford for violating his parole as a sex offender. But when they arrived at a nearby house where he was reported to be, they found him wearing nothing but his underwear.
Before police could get to Bufford, he ran out the back door and started jumping fences through the neighborhood. There was just one thing he left behind on his run from police: the only piece of clothing he had left.
“At this point he's running naked, we don't have a visual, he's going over fences in three yards,” witnesses heard from police radios.
Bufford then entered Holly and Damon Tindall's home through the doggy door. From there, he put on a pair of Damon's pajama pants, one of his shirts and some slippers. Bufford had already been arrested just as Holly was getting home.
She wondered why Bufford, out of everything in the house he could have taken, decided to take clothes until she heard that he had run from police through the neighborhood naked.
Holly later said that explained why a police officer asked her if she wanted Damon's pants back.
"No," she told him.
"Thank you, I appreciate that," he said.
Bufford's criminal history record includes rape, sex abuse and assault. He now faces multiple new charges: failure to register as a sex offender, burglary, criminal mischief, theft, escape and interfering with a police officer.
Check out this video to see residents' priceless reactions:
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