Man Enters Wrong Home, Allegedly Attacks Elderly Neighbor He Thought Was Intruder

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with one count of injury to an elderly person causing bodily harm

<p>Bexar County Sheriff’s Office</p> Eric Collazo

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

Eric Collazo

A Texas man entered the wrong home thinking it was his and allegedly attacked his neighbor, whom he thought was an intruder.

According to an incident summary, the alleged incident occurred on Monday at about 1:25 AM in San Antonio after Eric Collazo entered the elderly man's home using his own house key, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The outlet reports that the elderly man told the Bexar County Sheriff's Office that he was going to the bathroom "when a tall male dressed in all black suddenly appeared" and started yelling and attacking him, according to the report.

The elderly man was later taken to a hospital in stable condition but is recovering from "several injuries," including three broken ribs, per KSAT-TV.

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Authorities were able to link Collazo to the scene due to evidence that was recovered, including a "cellphone left in the bathroom," per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

While speaking with Collazo, authorities also noticed a "strong smell of alcoholic beverages," per the outlet.

Collazo was taken into custody and charged with one count of injury to an elderly person causing bodily harm, according to online court records reviewed by PEOPLE.

He cleared his bond of $10,00 and his preliminary hearing is set for May 1. PEOPLE has reached out to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Authorities also inspected the front door to the elderly man's home and reportedly verified that Collazo's key also worked in that lock.

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Stock image of a person opening a door with a key

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"Upon deputies checking the suspect's key to verify if in fact could open the victim's door, the key in fact worked to open the door. It is unknown as to how the key works at the victim's residence, however, investigators believe the issue may be related to the builder of the residences," Johnny Garcia, a public information officer for BCSO, told KSAT-TV.

The incident has left neighbors worried and perplexed.

Neighbor Mark Ariaz told KSAT-TV that the incident "boggles my mind" and called it an "unfortunate" situation.

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Fellow neighborhood resident Patricia Montero told the outlet that, "It's very strange that someone can enter a house that they have no connection to with the key of their actual home."

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