North Seattle

Police: Painter foils burglar who threatened to shoot woman

SEATTLE -- A painter working on a nearby house chased down a man who had just threatened to shoot the woman who caught him burglarizing her home, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim returned to her house in the 13000 block of 23rd Avenue Northeast shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and found the suspect inside holding her roommate's guitar case.

The victim later told officers the man set the case down and ran out the back door. The victim went out the front door and ran into the suspect in her yard.

According to the report, when the victim started yelling for someone to call the police, the suspect told her he was going to get a gun out of his bag and shoot her. The suspect then reportedly pushed the victim down and ran off.

Meanwhile, a painter working on a neighboring house heard a woman screaming and saw the victim and the suspect in a physical struggle in the victim's yard.

According to the report, the painter called 911 as he chased the suspect through multiple backyards. Officers eventually caught up with them a few blocks away and arrested the suspect.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and assault. While officers did not find a gun on the suspect, one officer was poked by a hypodermic needle while searching him and taken to Northwest Hospital, according to the report.