Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Panties case not closed

Laura C. Morel
Crime/Immigration Reporter

Last month, the Bradenton Herald reported that charges against a man accused of robbing panties from his neighbor's home two years ago were dropped.

I called Ernest Kendler's defense attorney and the State Attorney's Office, but with the holidays, it can be dicey getting a call back right away.

Assistant State Attorney Julie Binkley returned my call today and had this to add to the story:

Charges against Ernest Kendler, 63, will be refiled this month.

The case was dropped because an expert witness was unavailable due to mandatory, out-of-state training, she said.

On Nov. 6, 2010, a man allegedly entered a house on the 100 block of Neptune Lane. A woman said she found him in her sister’s bedroom rummaging through a drawer full of panties, an arrest report said.

The man walked out and left when the woman said, “Hello?” 

Kendler, 63, told police he was not in his neighbor’s home, according to the report.

Read the Bradenton Herald for updates on the case.

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