Car Prowler Arrested After Unsuccessful Aquatic Escape Attempt

Officers arrested a fleeing car prowler Sunday morning in Eastlake after he made an unsuccessful attempt at an underwater escape in Lake Union.

At about 10:30 AM, a witness called 911 and reported that a man had pried his way into a sedan parked in the 2800 block of Eastlake Ave E.

Officers found the suspect climbing out of the car as they arrived and chased after him when he fled on foot.

Police lost sight of the suspect after he ran down Fairview Ave E and into a thicket of blackberry bushes.

SPD K-9 Orka caught the suspect’s scent and nearly pulled his partner, Officer Chris Hairston, down the hill as he chased after the prowler.

With the help of Orka, officers found the suspect hiding, almost completely underwater

SPD’s Harbor Patrol and the Seattle Fire Department helped remove the 36-year-old suspect from the lake.

Officers took him into custody, discovered he was carrying a knife and has several felony warrants.

Following his arrest, the dismayed suspect exclaimed this was “the first carprowl I’ve done in over a year and I get caught!”

Police booked the man into the King County Jail for investigation of prowling, obstruction and two felony warrants.