By Bay City News Service:
A 21-year-old man pleaded no contest Friday to felony burglary
charges after a family found him inside their home in Half Moon Bay in
December, San Mateo County prosecutors said.
Pedro Mojica Serrano, who worked as a custodian at the
Ritz-Carlton hotel in Half Moon Bay, entered the plea in exchange for a
maximum sentence of two years in prison for the incident on Dec. 20 at a home
on Central Avenue, according to the district attorney's office.
The family had gone out to buy a Christmas tree and returned home
to find a suspect standing in their upstairs living room, rifling through a
suitcase and wearing a jacket belonging to the family's 21-year-old daughter,
The family's 32-year-old son locked the defendant in the room and
called 911, but by the time sheriff's deputies arrived, he had gone out the
second-story window and walked away. However, deputies found him several
minutes later and detained him, prosecutors said.
The family at the home identified Serrano as the suspect and noted
that he was wearing the daughter's EMT uniform pants, according to the
district attorney's office.
Serrano, a Half Moon Bay resident who remains in custody on
$55,000 bail, will return to court on July 24 for sentencing.