Lynnwood teen wakes to burglary, chases suspect
Friday around 8:30 a.m.,16-year-old Isaiah Eddy was trying to sleep in when a loud bang and the sound of glass breaking outside his house woke him. He saw a would-be burglar and chased him down.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Friday around 8:30 a.m. 16-year-old Isaiah Eddy was trying to sleep in when a loud bang and the sound of glass breaking woke him.
He jumped out his window and ran around the house toward the noise, where he found a man trying to break into the Lynnwood home he lives in with his grandmother.
“He was hanging halfway out my grandma’s bedroom window,” he said.
Eddy yelled at the man, who made eye contact and then took off running. Eddy ran after him.
“He was older than me and bigger than me,” he said. “But, I didn’t want to just let him go, you know.”
Eddy caught the man and pushed him to the ground. He said he held down the hands of the would-be burglar and told him not to come around his neighborhood anymore, then let him go.
“I am so proud of him,” said Eddy’s grandmother, Nirmala Wati. “He caught him and he is only 16 years old and skinny like a tree.”
One of the neighbors saw the scuffle and called the police to report a fight. When police arrived minutes later, Eddy explained what had happened and the police found a suspect walking three blocks away, said Sgt. Sean Doty of the Lynnwood Police Department.
Because the evidence matched Eddy’s story, and the neighbor had also seen the man walk up to the house, the man was arrested, Doty said. He has been booked into Snohomish County Jail on investigation of residential burglary.
Eddy’s grandmother, a roofer, had left the house for work at 4:30 a.m., so she was not home when the morning’s events unfolded. However, Wati said, she has lived in her home for the last 30 years and does not feel unsafe in the neighborhood.
“I’m not nervous ... I’m a roofer,” Wati said with a laugh. “I can handle anything ... I know my Taekwondo.”
This was not the only bungled crime that involved a foot chase on Friday.
On Friday evening, a man was arrested after robbing a Northgate convenience store. He walked into the store on the 10700 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast just after 7 p.m. with a shirt pulled over his face and flashed a knife at the store owner.
He demanded the cash from the register, but he had only the coins in hand when he was interrupted by other customers entering the store.
The man fled on foot and was chased down and subdued by two witnesses, who held him down until the police arrived.
He was taken into custody and booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.
Seattle Police Department spokesman Officer Patrick Michaud said he recommends that people do not chase down suspected criminals.
“I think it is awesome that these guys were able to safely chase these people down with nothing bad happening,” he said. “But, I’ve seen it go the other way as well. It worked out for these citizens, but we can’t condone that.
“But if that is what you feel you need to do, just do it in the safest manner possible.”
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