A man clad only in underwear scared his neighbor when he banged on her door, according to a Flagler County sheriff’s report.
John Joseph Rossi, 57, is also accused of attempting to push the door open at the neighbor’s home Wednesday, relieving himself around the front porch, and then getting into her sports utility vehicle, the report states. He was still inside the SUV when deputies arrived.
The neighbor said she was awakened by her dog barking and then someone knocking at the door about 7 a.m. Wednesday.
“The knocks became harder and more urgent,” according to the report.
She looked through the door’s peep hole but did not recognize Rossi.
“While (the woman) was on the phone with 9-1-1, the man was trying to push in the front door while wiggling the door handle,” the report states. “(The resident) was scared for her children’s (6 and 8 years old) life, so she put the children in the master bedroom.”
When she returned, Rossi was urinating and then he walked away, according to the report.
Deputies arrived and found Rossi in the SUV “in the driver’s seat.”
“I opened the driver’s door and saw Rossi was only wearing his underwear,” the investigating deputy reported. “I also observed that there were items on the driver’s floor.”
Rossi was asked if the SUV belonged to him and he said “nothing was his.”
Rossi was charged with two counts of burglary and indecent exposure. He was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility where he was being held Thursday on $10,500 bail.