California Gov. Jerry Brown’s home was invaded last month in the state capitol of Sacramento.
The homeless trespasser has now explained his actions by saying he understood the sanctuary state governor was “an open-door policy kind of guy.”
51-year-old Steven Seeley was taken into police custody by the California Highway Patrol on April 19. He exited the governor’s mansion by smashing a window and was treated for cuts.
Steely told KCRA-TV he believed he heard the roar of a large predatory cat in downtown Sacramento, and sought refuge through an unlocked door on the side of the house.
“He’s an open-door policy kind of guy, so I figured the door would be unlocked, or else I wouldn’t have ran over there if I thought the door would be locked,” Seeley said.
The Sacramento Bee spoke to Steely from his cell in county jail where he assured them he had never officially been treated for any mental illness, but he may suffer from delusions and gets confused about facts.
“I was looking for the security staff, but I didn’t see anybody,” he said. “I thought the governor was in trouble, I thought he was in danger of being attacked by the wild animals, so I walked in. I yelled ‘Jerry!'”
Seeley sought shelter from the unseen jungle-beast in one of the governor’s closets. He thought he heard the growling again and made a harrowing leap out the window, cutting his arm while jumping the fence trying to get away. He sought treatment at a local hospital, where police arrested him.
The intruder admitted to having a daily methamphetamine habit, and usually stays inside a boarded up hotel across the street from Gov. Brown’s home and ten blocks from the state capitol.
The Associated Press learned that the governor was not in the mansion at the time of the invasion, but his wife, California First Lady Anne Gust Brown, was upstairs. She did not encounter the unexpected guest.
CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader said the grounds are under surveillance and Seeley skirted “a robust on-site security presence at the residence 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“The safety of the first family continues to be our top priority and enhanced security measures remain in place,” she explained.
The California homeless problem has grown to 130,000 people, making it about 25% of all the homeless in the country. The state’s department of transportation says it spent $10 million in 2016-17 to contain the issue. Add that to the 2.6 million illegal immigrates seeking sanctuary through California’s “open door.”
The alleged lion remains at large.
feature image: Jerry Brown and his mansion, via Fox News