Criminal Trespassing, Property Damage, and Weapons violations at Central District residence

In the afternoon hours of December 23rd witnesses called 911 to report that multiple male and female subjects had unlawfully entered and occupied a residence under renovation in the 1900 block of East Spruce Street.  Nobody was currently living in the house and the witnesses knew that the subjects occupying the residence did not live there.

Officers arrived on scene and broadcast over their public address system for the subjects inside the house to come out.  After the third public broadcast by officers was ignored, officers made entry into the residence and discovered two adult male suspects inside who had no legal right to be there.  Another male suspect was attempting to enter the house when contacted by officers.   

Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects unlawfully entered the house and subsequently damaged the interior with graffiti.  They also left garbage, open containers of food, and were cooking inside the house on a portable, gas-operated stove. 

Officers took all three adult male suspects into custody for charges including Criminal Trespassing, Property Damage and weapons violations.  Other criminal charges may be forthcoming. 

All three suspects will be booked into the King County Jail. 

This remains an active and on-going investigation.