El Centro Police arrested a man found sleeping in the bed of a hotel room he robbed.
At about 9:45 p.m. Monday officers were dispatched to a motel room in the 1400 block of Adams avenue in what was originally thought to be a trespassing case. Arriving officers found the man who reported the crime attempting to detain a man he had found in his room. The victim told police that when he returned to his room after going out to dinner with family members he found 32-year old Diego Daniel Mendez Avila of San Diego sleeping in the bed. When Avila woke up he tried to push his way past the victim and his parents but they managed to hold Avila until police arrived. It was determined that Avila had ransacked the room , ate some food that was in the room and then went to sleep on the bed. Avila was also wearing women's clothing , identified as belonging to the victim's mother. Avila was arrested and booked into Imperial county Jail on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property. Prior to this call , El Centro Police had three separate calls on Avila for similar activity.