Man asked 911 for hug, hot cocoa

Sept. 2, 2010 at 1:43 PM

BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Oregon said a homeless man broke into a fenced-in hot tub and -- after about 10 hours in the water -- called 911 to ask for a hug and hot chocolate.

Beaverton police said Mark Eskelsen used a cellphone to call 911 at about 7:10 a.m. Sunday and initially identified himself as "the sheriff of Washington County," The (Portland) Oregonian reported Thursday.

Eskelsen told the dispatcher he had been in the water for about 10 hours and he did not have any dry towels.

"I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it," Eskelsen told the dispatcher.

Police arrived to find Eskelsen, who admitted he was not the sheriff, naked in the hot tub. He was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal trespass and improper use of the 911 system.

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