Registered Sex Offender Arrested by San Jose Police on Charge of Burglary
Ryan Kamfolt, a 29-year-old registered sex offender, was arrested on Tuesday, March 5 after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home early that morning and standing over her bed. The incident took place in South San Jose in a neighborhood located off Tennant Avenue and Monterey Road according to a news article at Mercury News.
San Jose police Lt. Mike Sullivan reported that the suspect was arrested when he attempted to leave the neighborhood, and that he had women’s underwear in his pockets at the time of his arrest. Kamfolt is in compliance in regards to registering as a sex offender, and had last registered on February 13 according to police.
The alleged victim who is 52 years old said that she awakened at about 3:15 a.m. and found the man standing over her, at which point she started screaming and chased the suspect as he ran out of her home. Sgt. Jason Dwyer said that when the burglary occurred, police officers were patrolling the neighborhood due to a number of quality-of-life crimes which had taken place in the area recently. The victim called 911 after chasing the suspect from her home, giving police a clear description and saying that the suspect wore a plaid shirt and was bald. Sullivan said that the woman could see these details because of the fact that she had her television on at the time, which provided some light.
Police officers spotted Kamfolt as he walked out from between two homes in the neighborhood. According to Sgt. Dwyer, the suspect attempted to give the impression that he was simply an onlooker who was curious about what was going on. Because his description matched that given by the alleged victim. he was detained by police, who then learned that Kamfolt was a registered sex offender and was on probation for burglary.
The woman identified Kamfolt as the man who came into her home; police believe he made entrance by forcing a kitchen window open. Police say that the suspect was able to listen to the police scanner using an app on his smartphone.
San Jose burglary lawyers understand the criminal penalties those convicted on charges of first-degree burglary may face; in fact, a conviction can result in up to six years in prison, perhaps even longer depending on whether the defendant has a past criminal conviction and other factors. This is a felony offense that should be taken very seriously by those accused.
If you have been arrested for or charged with burglary or any serious theft-related offense, do not hesitate before contacting an aggressive and skilled San Jose criminal defense attorney. Your freedom and reputation are at risk, so act immediately.