WASHINGTON CITY – A 24-year-old cleaning man was arrested for theft and exploitation of a vulnerable adult Friday after he allegedly stole prescription medication from a woman he was cleaning for.
Officers were dispatched to a theft call after a woman told them she believed her cleaning helper, Marlin Dawahoya, stole some of her prescription medications, Washington City Police Officer Scott Durfey said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
The woman said Dawahoya was at her residence cleaning, and after he left, she noticed some of her medications were missing.
“The (woman) told me no one else has access to her house and no one else has been inside her house for over six months,” Durfey wrote in the statement. “The (woman) told me she has numerous illnesses including cancer and she stays in bed all day.”
The woman then sent Dawahoya a text message asking if he had taken her medications, Durfey said. The woman said that in the text messages, Dawahoya admitted to stealing Oxycontin Thursday and also admitted he had taken Vicodin on other occasions.
“She stated (Dawahoya) told her he still had six of her Oxycoton,” Durfey wrote in the statement, “and he told her he would return them tomorrow.”
Durfey called Dawahoya and asked him if he had taken the woman’s medication, and when Dawahoya told him that he did, Durfey asked him to come to the police department.
When Dawahoya arrived, he told Durfey that six of the Oxycontin he had stolen from the woman were in his pocket. He also admitted to stealing Vicodin from the woman on three different occasions.
Dawahoya was arrested and charged with two third-degree felonies for exploitation of a vulnerable adult and the possession of a controlled substance and three class B misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance and theft.
He was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Friday. Dawahoya’s bail stands at $13,926. According to booking information, he remains in custody as this report is published.
Dawahoya made his initial court appearance Friday.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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