Lynnwood Police assist in arrest of shirtless burglar

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The suspect in police custody Friday.
The suspect in police custody Friday.

Edmonds police, with assistance from Lynnwood Police and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office K9 units, were able to arrest a shirtless burglary suspect from Bellevue after cornering him in a storage shed Friday morning.

A homeowner in the 18400 block of Homeview Drive called 911 around 7:30 a.m. stating that a man with no shirt on had broken into his house, which was occupied by a family of five including children. When confronted, the suspect ran out, said Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley.

As the 30-year-old suspect continued to run around the area on foot, other homeowners began calling 911 with sightings of the suspect. The man then broke into a second home nearby and stole food.

By this time, K9 teams from Lynnwood and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrived to track the suspect. During the track, an area homeowner saw the suspect on the roof of a house. However, when officers arrived , the suspect was already off the roof, Hawley said.

The K9 track led to a large storage shed nearby, where the suspect was discovered hiding in the loft. The man had barricaded the doors to the shed and refused to surrender, fighting with officers. With the assistance of the K9 and a Taser, the man was taken into custody, evaluated by aid crews and taken to the hospital.

The stolen food was found inside the shed. The suspect admitted to being high on methamphetamine at the time of the burglaries. During the K9 track, an additional burglary was discovered, Hawley added.

The suspect will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail for multiple counts of burglary. The homeowner that called initially was not hurt during the encounter, Hawley said.

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