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The infamous “I was looking for my jacket trick” thwarted

On May 3rd at around 2:59 p.m., an adult witness was working construction on a house just southwest to the entrance of the Fauntleroy Ferry dock. As the witness was working he noticed two adult male suspects, ages 25 and 37 enter the gated front yard of a home in the 9100 block of Fauntleroy Way SW. Both suspects appeared suspicious to him as if they were trying to break into the house. The witness said that he knows the resident there and knew she was not home at the time. He also knew that neither suspect lived there. The witness said that the 37 year old suspect appeared to be a lookout as the 25 year old suspect walked up to the front door. The witness came down off the roof and confronted the two. The 37 year old immediately made the claim that he had dropped his coat in the yard and they had come into the yard to find it. The 37 year old had a coat draped over his arm. The witness recognized this as a lie since he had seen him walk into the yard with the coat and told the suspects so. Both suspects immediately exited the yard and walked away rapidly as the witness called 911.

The 37 year old suspect was stopped by responding officers nearby, but the 25 year old continued to flee.  A flood of 911 calls ensued as this suspect ran through many back yards in the lower Fauntleroy neighborhood. After more than an hour of searching for him, officers located him emerging from a yard in the 4500 block of SW Henderson and took him into custody without incident.

The 37 year old suspect was interviewed and released pending further investigation.  The 25 year old suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Criminal Trespass, a Department of Corrections Escape warrant and a traffic warrant.