Clearwater Police say a man was held at knifepoint during a home invasion Sunday night

Suspect left shoes behind, stole alcohol: police
Posted at 10:33 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 10:33:19-04

A Clearwater homeowner is held at knifepoint during a home invasion, police say.

According to police, Joseph Stang, 24, got into an apartment off South Gulfview Boulevard through an unlocked front door Sunday night.

While inside the apartment, police say Stang armed himself with a butcher knife and walked to the bedroom.  At that time, the homeowner was walking out of the bedroom.

The homeowner was briefly held at knifepoint before running and barricading himself in the bathroom and calling 911, an arrest affidavit states.

Police say when they got on scene, the apartment had been ransacked, the knife was protruding from a wall and alcohol and food were missing.

Stang also reportedly left his shoes behind.

Police say prior to the home invasion call, they received a call of a suspicious man lurking in the area.

Stang was spotted walking on the second floor of the apartment building and tried running away when police confronted him, an affidavit states.

Police say Stang did not have on a shirt or shoes.

Police arrested Stang as he allegedly hid behind a washing machine.

Stang, who is from Wichita, Kansas, is charged with armed burglary, obstruction and aggravated assault.