Hong Kong Businessman Charged with Damaging Polson House

Judge says case "reads like a 'Hangover' movie"

By Justin Franz

POLSON — A Hong Kong businessman is charged with breaking into a northwestern Montana home after getting drunk at a wedding and causing extensive damage in a case a judge says “reads like a ‘Hangover’ movie.”

Lake County sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a naked intruder at a residence near Bigfork, east of Flathead Lake, found food strewn across the kitchen, a frying pan heating “some sort of wretched, mysterious substance” on the stove, urine-soaked formalwear in the living room and flooding from a damaged water line. Guneet Banga was found naked and asleep in the bedroom early on Sept. 6.

A deputy ordered Banga out of bed at gunpoint and Banga seemed confused as to why officers were there, court records said.

Investigators learned that Banga had attended a wedding a few houses away and apparently, while intoxicated, mistakenly broke into someone else’s house to get some sleep.

Banga tried to claim diplomatic immunity, a law enforcement report said.

Banga was arrested, cited and released, Sheriff Don Bell said.

Charges of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal trespass were filed on Jan. 23 and Banga was ordered to appear for arraignment on Jan. 28. He did not show up.

District Judge James Manley said the charging document affidavit “reads like a ‘Hangover’ movie.” He said he would sign a $25,000 warrant, an amount prosecutors said would ensure Banga’s return or cover the cost of repairs.

Court records do not indicate a damage estimate.

A businessman with the same name didn’t return phone messages and emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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