Panthers prospect/minor league forward Scott Timmins was arrested and charged with criminal trespass -- a misdemeanor -- Sunday morning in San Antonio after allegedly being found inside a house he did not own.
Timmins told police he had been drinking with teammates at a nearby bar after being discovered in the home of Benjamin Garza whose unidentified wife heard the family dogs barking at 3:30 a.m. Timmins, she said, was on the couch.
The woman escaped the home with her two children and called her husband -- who wasn't home at the time -- and the police. When the police arrived, Timmins was asleep on the couch and needed help out of the house.
According to the San Antonio Express, Timmins - who has played in 14 games with the Panthers over the past three seasons -- lives about a mile away from the house he was found in.
Benjamin Garza told KENS-5 in San Antonio that when he came home, he told Timmins he was lucky it was his wife who found him on the couch. "I would've put a bullet between your eyes and it would've been over for you," Garza reportedly said.
Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos, who serves as GM of Florida's AHL team in San Antonio, said the Panthers were still gathering "more information" on the situation.
Santos, who said Timmins practiced with the Rampage on Tuesday, added whether Timmins played Wednesday was up to coach Chuck Weber.
"I’ve talked to Scott. He’s OK,'' Santos said. "We’re just going to let the process go .-.-. I’m sure he’s embarrassed, but at this point I don’t have any more information than you do.”