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Florida man arrested after breaking into ex-girlfriend's home, changing locks, setting up camera

Police say officers found Brendon Dawson, 32, wrapped in blanket on couch inside Naples home
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Posted at 8:54 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 08:57:22-05

NAPLES, Fla. — A southwest Florida man was arrested Tuesday after breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home, changing the locks and setting up a camera, police said.

The victim claimed this isn't the first time Brendon Dawson, 32, of Naples, has entered her home unwelcome.

A neighbor called police to 1575 Curlew Ave., when she found the victim's dog roaming outside the four-unit complex. She noticed the door to the victim's unit was wide open, so she took the dog out front and called police.

Upon arrival, officers remembered the address from a recent attempted break-in call.

Police said there was heavy damage to the unit's door, and it looked as if someone dismantled the entire lock. When police knocked, a man emerged from under a blanket on the living room couch. He identified himself as Dawson and told police he was not aware that his dog had run out.

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The house was in shambles, with trash thrown about, broken pictures hanging in the hallway and drawers in the bedroom pulled open and rummaged through, according to police.

Officers contacted the victim using information listed in the previous attempted break-in report. She told them Dawson did not have permission to be in her home. Dawson was detained as officers waited for her to arrive.

Police found Dawson's backpack, which held an 8-inch curved blade, 35 Amphetamine and 34 Clonazepam pills, several prescription medications and two cut straws used to ingest narcotics.

When the victim arrived, she noticed a camera at the entrance of her unit and that there was a wire running through her window. She told police Dawson must have set it up while she was gone and that he has been invading her home for the past three weeks. The victim said she is afraid he has set up other cameras around the property that she has not found yet.

She told police the lock on the door was not hers and that Dawson must have changed the locks. She said he has attempted to change the locks on her residence three separate times.

The victim claimed Dawson will not stop texting, calling or threatening her and her daughter. She also caught him breaking in while she was sleeping. She woke to Dawson standing over her, staring at her while in bed.

Dawson is facing several charges, including armed burglary, video voyeurism, carrying a concealed weapon, stalking and multiple drug charges.