Police Arrest Masked Burglar After Victim Shows Him the Door

Seattle police arrested a 23-year-old burglar Friday morning after a Yesler Terrace resident called police and said he’d found a masked man in his home.

Around 6 AM, the victim reportedly heard noises coming from the living room of his apartment in the 100 block of 11th Avenue, where he found a man in a red ski mask holding electronics and what appeared to be a knife. Upon seeing the victim enter the room, the suspect grabbed a Playstation and a laptop, and tried to hop over furniture to get around the victim. The victim slapped the video game console and computer out of the suspect’s hand and shouted at him to leave.

When the victim began pushing the suspect out of his home, the suspect threatened to shoot him. Undeterred, the victim shoved him out the door, locked it, and called 911.

Officers arrived and spotted a 23-year-old man holding a red ski mask standing outside the victim’s building. The man quickly began walking away from police, and officers were able to recover a ski mask and jacket, which contained an oyster shucker and the victim’s stolen keys and cigarettes, along with the packaging for a pair of gloves. Police found the gloves in the suspect’s pockets.

Officers booked the suspect into the King County Jail for burglary.