Woman awakes to find man sitting next to her bed, beats him with a vacuum

skinney@keynoter.comApril 9, 2014 

A Key West man remained jailed Tuesday following his Friday arrest for allegedly breaking into a house on Frances Street -- and taking a seat next to a woman who lives there while she slept.

Frances Street and the area around the Key West Cemetery in Old Town has experienced a spike in burglaries since late last year, particularly in occupied houses.

The woman in the Friday break-in recognized Umid Mahmudov, 36, as a "vagrant" she had previously seen in the neighborhood, according to a police report.

Mahmudov, whom jail records say is a cook, is charged with felony burglary of an occupied dwelling and felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a Samsung cell phone while inside the house. His bond is $30,000, but there's also a hold on him from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The police report from Officer Frank Betz says that when the woman woke up just before 7 a.m. and saw Mahmudov, she grabbed a handheld vacuum cleaner and beat him with it.

"She was sleeping in her bedroom with her 6-year-old son," Betz wrote. "She was unsure why she woke up, but when she did, she noticed a man seated in the chair next to her bed. She was in fear for her life and grabbed the first thing she could find in order to defend herself."

Mahmudov ran out of the house when confronted, according to Betz's report, and was spotted near the Chevron station at Truman Avenue and White Street about two blocks away.

The woman told police she had left both her front and back doors open for the breeze, according to reports.

Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said officers are investigating any possible connection between Mahmudov and other burglaries in the area.

She cautioned that "it may not be the same person" committing the burglaries and that Mahmudov does not resemble a person recorded in a video showing a potential suspect in a different break-in.

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