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Auto theft, burglary arrests in North Seattle

On February 12th, at approximately 2:00 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a report of a car being stolen after the suspect had taken the keys from the complainant’s purse inside her house in the 12300 Block of Sand Point Way NE.  The victim stated that the suspects had come over to her house, and, after she had asked them to leave, they refused and began to go through her house looking for things.  When she threatened to call the police, they threatened to harm her. The suspects took her keys and then stole her car. The officer determined during the investigation that a combination of unlawful entry, threats of physical harm, and other circumstances amounted to 1st Degree Residential Burglary.  While that investigation was going on, another officer spotted the victim’s car be driven in the area.  That officer was waiting for another officer to arrive before stopping the stolen car.  While waiting for her backup, the stolen car pulled into an apartment complex parking lot in the 12000 Block of 35th Avenue NE.  The driver fled from the car, leaving a passenger inside the car. 

Officers were able to develop information that the suspect (driver) lived at the apartment complex.  An apartment not belonging to the suspect was found to have become barricaded after the residents of that apartment came outside to speak with officers.  It was believed that the suspect or suspect(s) were inside.  Officers spoke with the suspect through the door and after about ten minutes of negiotiating, the suspect came out.  A 23 year old male was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary, Investigation of Auto Theft, and Investigation of Unlawful Imprisonment.  A 24 year old male was arrested for Investigation of Auto Theft and an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.  There may be additional suspects still in this investigation.  The victim’s car was later returned to her.