Wallingford

Dad, family dog stop intruder from sneaking into daughters' rooms

SEATTLE -- An alert dog and a quick-acting father worked together to apprehend an intruder before he could sneak into the rooms of the man's sleeping daughters last week in Wallingford, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Around 3 a.m. June 6, the homeowner and his wife were sleeping in their downstairs bedroom in the 4000 block of Densmore Avenue North when the family dog started barking intently.

According to the police report for the incident, the homeowner went into the living room to find out what the commotion was and saw a man in his mid-20s dressed in blue hospital scrubs sneaking up the stairs toward the bedrooms of his young daughters.

The homeowner grabbed the intruder and yelled at him, asking why he was in the house. According to the report, the intruder replied in a nonsensical manner, saying something about oil and the ocean.

When an officer arrived at the house, he found the suspect seated in a chair in the living room while the homeowner and his wife kept an eye on him.

The homeowner told the officer the intruder started speaking normally after he was seated in the living room, telling them he was from Everett in addition to other information.

When the officer tried to talk to the suspect, the suspect would not respond sensibly and was rambling in a possibly made-up language, according to the report. But, because the man would occasionally speak normally, the officer could not tell if he had an actual mental condition or was just pretending to have one.

The suspect, who had discharge paperwork on him from Northwest Hospital, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

According to the report, he got in through a living room window that had been left slightly ajar because the homeowner's daughters had run a string of lights through it.