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Burglary suspect arrested after putting up a fight
Posted by Seattle Times staff
A man was arrested in connection with a burglary at a Southeast Seattle home late Saturday night in a tangled incident that led to the arrest of two other people and an injury to a police officer.
Shortly before midnight, a very frightened woman living in a home in the 2800 block of 19th Avenue South called 911 to say a big man was in her house and that she was hiding in a closet with her children on the first floor of their home, according to Seattle police.
When officers got there, they searched the house and didn't find the man there. However, they did see a man on the porch of a nearby home. When he saw police, he ran inside, police said.
Officers surrounded the home and contacted the people inside. They were drunk and hostile and said the man police were looking for was not in their house, police said.
When officers were able to get inside, they found the suspect hiding in a closet. When they tried to take him into custody, he put up a fight. One officer was injured during the struggle and taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Two other people in the home also were arrested, one for assaulting an officer and the other for obstructing police.
The women who had called 911 later identified the suspect as the man who had entered her house.
That suspected burglar, 25, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. The other two people who were arrested, a 26-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, were booked into jail for investigation of obstruction and assault.