Capitol Police officer arrested after being found in stranger's bed

A U.S. Capitol Police officer was arrested and charged with unlawful entry after an Arlington woman found the drunk officer, who was a stranger, passed out in her bed.

Arlington police arrested officer Thomas McMahon, 34, on Sunday around 1 a.m. after a woman returned home to find the unknown man asleep and intoxicated in her bed, said Arlington Police spokeswoman Detective Crystal Nosal.

McMahon, who was assigned to the Capitol Police’s Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT) — similar to SWAT units — has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal charges, according to U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Authorities believe that McMahon entered the woman’s Arlington apartment, which was more than 15 miles from his home in Reston, Va., through the front door, though it was unclear whether there were signs of forced entry, said Nosal, adding that she did not know if McMahon had driven to the woman's apartment.

It was also unknown why McMahon chose this particular apartment or how long he was there before police arrived, said Nosal.

The Arlington County Magistrate’s office said McMahon was released around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday on an unsecured bond of $2,000, which he will be forced to pay if he fails to appear in court.