There is a bizarre case out of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where Richard Muzick, 31, reportedly went into the wrong home to play a prank. Instead, he scared a six-year-old child. It likely had to do with the fact that Muzick was wearing a gorilla costume at the time. What is curious is that he is now charged with aggravated burglary despite the police concluding he was mistaken about the house.
Police responded to a call and learned that, after being confronted, Muzick took off running in his gorilla suit.
What I found interesting was the charge. The police concluded that he was confused by the home and did not just randomly select a home to terrorize a child as a faux gorilla.
In Tennessee, there is a step up to aggravated battery when a defendant unlawfully enters or remains in a habitation (any structure designed or adapted for overnight dwelling) with the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault therein. (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-14-403.) I do not see the intent to commit a felony if this was a mistake and he took no other action or took no property.
By the way, there is a remarkable number of cases of people arrested in gorilla suit. (here and here and here and here and here and here). Indeed, in one Louisiana case, the man hid under a bed but he was still not charged with aggravated burglary. This also includes pranks where the FBI was called in but resulted in lesser charges.