By Rikki King Herald Writer
EVERETT — An Everett woman got home from work early Thursday morning and thought something seemed wrong at her house.
There were lights on inside — lights she knew she’d turned off.
The woman went to a neighbor’s house where an off-duty Everett police officer lives.
He called 911 and waited with her outside until more officers arrived.
When police checked inside, they found a convicted sex offender lying in the woman’s bed dressed in her pajamas, according to court papers.
Jason Douglas Hoff, 34, of Oso, was arrested and booked Thursday for investigation of residential burglary.
Hoff is on active supervision by the state Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender.
Hoff remained behind bars Friday at the Snohomish County Jail. He also is scheduled to go to trial in January for allegedly trying to drive away from police during a pursuit in the Oso area in September.
He posted bail in that case Dec. 1.
Hoff has two convictions for third-degree rape, one from 1999 and from 1993, when he was a juvenile. He also has 15 adult misdemeanors, mostly for driving offenses and assaults.
The alleged burglary was reported about 1:30 a.m. Thursday along 81st Place SE, near Cascade High School.
The woman’s home had been ransacked, police wrote in court papers. Nearly every drawer was pulled out, couch cushions were removed and items appeared to have been arranged into piles to be carted away.
Hoff allegedly was hiding under a pile of clothing on the woman’s bed. He was wearing the outfit she sleeps in, including her sweat pants and sweatshirt, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.
He reportedly told police he’d been invited to the home by someone named “Angela” who told him she wanted to have sex with him. He said “Angela” must have drugged him because he was eating a bowl of cereal and then woke up in the bed wearing women’s clothes while being handcuffed by the police.
The victim didn’t know Hoff or anyone who fit his description of “Angela.”
Police believe Hoff broke in through a bathroom window, likely accessed from the roof.
His own clothing was found underneath the bed.
Snell said the woman handled the situation in exactly the right way: recognizing something was amiss and going to get help.
“It was an excellent choice,” he said.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.