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Drunk zombie Santa Claus arrested in Minnesota

St. Paul police said a drunk college student dressed as a zombie Santa Claus wandered into a stranger's home and frightened two teenagers.

By
Ben Hooper

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Minnesota arrested a zombie Santa Claus accused of drunkenly wandering into a home and frightening two teenage residents.

St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos said officers responded to a 911 call about 9:45 p.m. Saturday about a drunk man dressed in a Santa suit and zombie makeup wandering into a home.

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Brock Quinn Johnson, a senior at nearby University of St. Thomas, was cited for trespassing and taken to the police's detoxification center. Police said the student had vomited on himself and fallen asleep on a couch in the home.

Police said Johnson did not know where he was when he was woken up by officers. The home is located about six blocks from the university.

Homeowner Tom Sullivan said his 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter were home at the time of the incident. The boy called 911 and ran for help from neighbors, while the girl locked herself in a bathroom and called her parents to come home.

"The police did a nice job of calming them down and explaining the individual meant no harm," Sullivan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Fortunately, it had a happy ending, and no one will ever think of Santa the same way. If you're going to have a break-in, this is the best kind -- someone who means no harm and was looking for a place to sleep."

It was not known Monday whether Johnson had been attending his school's homecoming celebrations earlier Saturday evening. There was also a "Zombie Pub Crawl" event Saturday in Minneapolis that set a Guinness World Record, with 15,500 participants dressed in zombie makeup.

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