Maple Valley home invasion not random, detectives say
Detectives believe the suspects in Tuesday night’s home-invasion robbery in Maple Valley targeted the victim and planned the crime, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Detectives believe the intruders behind Tuesday night’s home-invasion robbery in Maple Valley targeted the victim, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
A 38-year-old man was in his house in the 23300 block of Southeast 266th Street with a friend when a “team” of intruders burst inside around 8:20 p.m., assaulted the homeowner and tied him up.
The intruders then went to an open safe and cleared it of shotguns and rifles, drugs and money, officers said. The man broke free as the group left, armed himself and went outside, then fired a handgun at the intruders as they drove off. Witnesses later told police they saw guns being thrown from moving vehicles.
A man believed to be in his 30s was arrested Wednesday, after he was dropped off at a nearby 7-Eleven store with a gunshot wound to his face, police said.
A 7-Eleven employee said another worker saw the man run into the store yelling for help, and a customer called 911. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Det. Jason Stanley said.
A woman believed to be involved with the invasion drove herself to Valley Medical Center with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her buttocks. She was treated and released, Stanley said. Deputies didn’t have enough information to arrest her, he said.
Interviews with suspects suggest the man had been targeted, Stanley said.
“There was a plan to target this person,” Stanley said. “The citizens of Maple Valley have nothing to worry about, because this wasn’t random.”
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Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.