Man Dressed As Officer Arrested In Home Invasion
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – updated: 12:42 pm PST March 3, 2009
SEATTLE -- A man dressed like a police officer was arrested early Tuesday morning after a home invasion in North Seattle, Seattle police told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.
Seattle police representative Rene Witt said 911 received a call a little before 3 a.m. from a woman living in the 600 block of North 138th Street, reporting that a man she did not know was at her door.
The man then kicked her door in, fired one shot into the floor, and then said he was looking for someone. The woman told him the person he was looking for no longer lived there.
The victim's boyfriend told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that someone smashed a window at the home at about 1 a.m. He said police were called, and officers took a report.
About 90 minutes later, the boyfriend, who did not want to be identified, said a man armed with an AK-47 and wearing a bulletproof vest started banging on the front door. The man came into the home, said he was looking for someone who didn't live there and asked, "Where's the dope?" the boyfriend said.
The man fired a shot into a wall, apologized to the woman and left.
Police said arriving officers heard the gunshot as the man fled on North 138th Street in a Hummer. Officers gave chase and surrounded the vehicle. They took the man into custody at the east end of North 138th Street where it turns into a dead end.
Witt said upon arrest, police found the suspect was dressed in a green police jumpsuit like those worn by King County sheriff's deputies, but without patches or badges. The suspect was also wearing body armor.