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An Artesia man was arrested for the second time in three days Tuesday after entering one local home and attempting to enter two others.

At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of West Yucca Avenue in reference to a male individual attempted to enter a home.

Upon arrival, police found the man, identified as Timothy Hoerath, 40, of Artesia, ringing the doorbell and turning the doorknob of a residence. He had previously been seen attempting to use a keypad lock at the home next door.

According to the criminal complaint, Hoerath told police he was attempting to unlock the door for his friend. When asked if he lived in the area, he initially stated he did but later stated he did not.

Police ordered Hoerath to leave the area.

Just after 3 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1500 block of North 10th Street in reference to a breaking and entering.

The reporting party informed police a male individual had entered the home, and police arrived to find Hoerath in the living room. According to the complaint, he had apparently pushed open the front door, which was not damaged, and gotten himself a drink before making his way to the living room.

He was subsequently arrested on charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. On Monday, he was released on his own recognizance but was arrested again Tuesday on charges of probation violation.

Hoerath has been arrested multiple times in the past on similar charges.

On July 18, he was charged with criminal trespass and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. He was fined $301.

On Aug. 7, 2017, Hoerath was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempt to commit a felony (breaking and entering), and criminal damage to property (under $1,000); those charges were rendered nolle prosequi by the prosecutor.

Hoerath remains incarcerated today with an unknown release date on his warrant charge.

During his arraignment Tuesday on the trespass and disorderly conduct charges, the court filed an order for a competency determination.

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