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Officers Arrest Two Suspects after Attempted Burglary at Elderly Woman’s Home in Denny Blaine Area

Seattle police have arrested a 20-year-old man and a woman who tried to break into an elderly woman’s home in the Denny Blaine area in the early morning hours of Jan. 26.

Officers were called to the 200 block of 40th Avenue East just after 5 a.m. for reports of a car driving into a house. The 88-year-old victim told police she heard a loud crashing noise, followed by pounding on her front door and the sound of glass breaking.

She saw a window shattered and also told Seattle police she heard a man talking to a woman outside.

Officers arrived to the area, not far from Denny Blaine Beach, and saw no car had crashed, and instead, a brick had been thrown through a window in the front of the house.

After canvassing the area, police spotted a woman in a nearby driveway with soiled clothes covered in dirt and grass. She complained she was hurt from an earlier incident but she was uncooperative and unable to be checked out by Seattle Fire Department crews.

The elderly victim told police she had not seen the suspects, but video from a Ring camera captured a man and the woman with soiled clothes on the porch.

A K9 was called in to search the area and led officers south of the scene, but no one was found.

At the same time, other officers spotted a man at a nearby bus stop at Lake Washington Boulevard East and Madrona Drive who matched a description police had been given. He was released as they couldn’t positively identify him.

After Seattle police reviewed the video, the man from the bus stop was identified as the suspect and found again on a Metro bus near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in the Central District. Officers discovered he was also wearing the same clothing.

The 20-year-old man and the woman were both arrested for burglary and booked in the King County Jail.