Burglary, Auto Theft Suspect Arrested in Queen Anne Park

A 36-year-old man suspected of a burglary and an auto theft in North Seattle was arrested Sunday afternoon after he fled from the vehicle and ran into the bathrooms of a Queen Anne park.

On Sunday at approximately 3:00 PM, a homeowner reported that an unknown man entered his garage and began removing items. The homeowner confronted the suspect. According to the victim, the suspect pointed a silver handgun at him before fleeing the area in an Audi SUV.

Officers took a stolen vehicle report of an Audi in North Seattle which matched the description of the Audi the burglary suspect drove.

At around 4:15 PM, the stolen Audi was located in the area of 3rd Avenue West and West Raye Street, in an alley. Officers responded to that location and were waiting for additional officers to arrive when they saw the suspect moving items from a garage into the vehicle. As officers attempted to contact the suspect, he fled on foot, running into the nearby David Rogers Park, where officers lost sight of him.

Officers set up containment around the perimeter of the park. A K-9 team responded to assist officers in searching the park. A short time later the suspect was located hiding inside the bathroom and was arrested without incident.

The stolen Audi was packed full of property, including the front passenger seat, the rear seats and the cargo area. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant. A gun was not located inside the vehicle.

The garage owner victim was contacted and a report was taken after it was confirmed that the suspect was stealing property from his garage.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.