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'Body' turns out to be uninvited houseguest napping behind couch


MANCHESTER - A "body" behind a grandmother's couch turned out to be her grandson's friend who crawled behind the sofa to take a snooze so as not to disturb her.

Darnae Stressel, 23, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon and charged with criminal trespass.

Police said the woman returned to her Beech Street home about 4:40 p.m. to find a "body" on the floor behind her living room couch. Officers discovered a sleeping Stressel under a blanket on the floor behind the couch.

He previously stayed at the residence as a guest of the woman's grandson but had not been welcomed there in several weeks. Police said no one was home when he let himself in with a key, which was returned to the grandmother after officers found it allegedly in Stressel's possession.

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