While many of us would prefer a polite knock at the front door, bizarre surveillance footage has emerged showing a man eagerly licking the doorbell of a stranger’s home.
And this was clearly an activity he enjoyed. The suspect in question – now named as Roberto Arroyo – spent three hours hanging around the family home in California, licking the door bell and apparently relieving himself in the front garden.
The homeowners, Sylvia and Dave Dungan, had been out of town at the time of the unusual act of trespass, but their children had reportedly been asleep inside the house.
The couple figured something was up when they awoke to multiple surveillance system alerts, which let the homeowners know of any movement near the front door. Little could they have guessed what their CCTV footage would reveal…
Sylvia told KION 5/46 of her surprise upon receiving the alerts:
I thought, boy there’s a lot of traffic. I go, 5:00 in the morning? My son doesn’t get home till 6:00 a.m. well then who the heck is that?
Footage showed Arroyo licking the doorbell as lovingly as if it had been a spoonful of peanut butter. It has not been disclosed whether or not he licked it hard enough to ring it.
Fortunately, the high quality picture of the surveillance system – which had been installed only one month prior to The Night of the Licker – made it easy for the Salinas Police Department to identify the suspect as Arroyo.
As reported by WTOC, Salinas Police Officer Miguel Cabrera said:
We were pleasantly surprised the image was so clear, to the point that it didn’t take us long to identify this individual.
Sylvia has since been able to laugh about the twirly-tongued trespasser, telling KION 5/46:
You kind of laugh about it afterwards because technically he didn’t do anything.
This just kind of reinforces how important it is to have security within your home.
The suspect, who police say appears to have relieved himself in the Dungan family’s front garden, also headed on over to a neighbour’s property. It is unclear whether or not this was in pursuit of another juicy doorbell.
The Dungan’s neighbour Alfred Santos told Kion 5/46 of his bewilderment:
I thought I’ve seen it all, but this takes the cake.
Another neighbour, by the name of Stephanie Rosario, emphatically stated:
Never have we seen anything like this.
Officers are still searching for Arroyo, who could now be looking at two misdemeanor charges for petty theft and prowling.
The California Highway Patrol have since posted about the alarm-ing incident – with the hashtag #thesnozberriestastelikesnozberries – urging people to contact police if they know of Arroyo’s whereabouts.
The footage has left viewers in a weird nowhere zone in between laughter and being thoroughly creeped out.
One person admitted:
[I] can’t look at a door bell the same anymore.
Another – rather impressed – person noted:
Three hours is a lot of licking. He got stamina.
#doorbelllicker We had just installed our Ring doorbell just less than a month ago. It paid off. Our home is the doorbell that was featured on #LivePD, 1/05/19 episode. So funny. It was great. Should I remove my sign (over perp’s right shoulder)? I’m embarrassed for his family. pic.twitter.com/JKnYFd6i3F
— Sylvia Dungan (@jaycat13) January 6, 2019
The Dungan family have reportedly since wiped down the delectable doorbell in question.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.