Central District

Victims scare off intruders in pair of home invasions

SEATTLE -- Two women caught off guard by intruders in their bedrooms were able to scare off the unknown men during a pair of home invasions this past week.

Around 4 a.m. June 1, a woman sleeping in her Central District apartment woke up to find a man looking through items on her dresser, according to the police report for the incident.

The woman yelled at the man, and he ran out the ground-level apartment's open sliding glass door.

According to the report, the woman was missing an iPhone from the end of her bed, a camera from her dresser, an iPod from the kitchen counter and $10 from her purse in the living room.

The lock on the sliding glass door was not working right and the stick the woman had put in the sliding door's track was small enough the intruder could lift the door right over it, according to the report.

The officer recommended the woman call maintenance to fix the lock and get a bigger stick for the door.

Two days later, a woman was visiting friends from Montreal and was left alone at their Eastlake apartment for the afternoon.

According to the police report for the incident, she went out to her car to get something and neglected to close the front door before going to an upstairs bedroom and listening to music on headphones.

About 10 minutes later, a man opened the door, according to the report. The woman later told police they both seemed shocked to see the other one there.

After a few moments of silence, the man reportedly said, "Hello. I'm looking for the owner of the house next door." The woman told him she didn't know the owners, and the man thanked her and left.

According to the report, the woman later discovered the cables for the TV had been disconnected as if someone was trying to steal it. She called 911 and her friends and, no longer feeling safe, left the apartment.

She told police the man who entered the apartment may have been a drug user because his eyes were red and very intense.