10/24/2014

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Police: Burglar attacks Seattle resident with knife

SEATTLE -- A North Seattle resident was attacked with a knife after coming home Wednesday afternoon to find a stranger ransacking his house, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victim left his house in the 13000 block of 25th Avenue Northeast around noon. When he came home a little over an hour later, he opened the front door to find a man wearing a backpack and carrying the victim's duffle bag inside, according to the police report for the incident.

According to the report, the man ran past the victim and started down the stairs to the lower floor. The victim followed the man and grabbed him around the neck halfway down the stairs.

The two struggled until the man pulled out a knife with a 5-inch blade and swung it at the victim, cutting his jacket, according to the report. The man reportedly told the victim, "Back off, or I ll cut you really hard."

According to the report, the victim let the man go, and the man slipped down the stairs, dropped the bag of stolen items and ran out the backdoor.

The victim watched as the man ran down the street and hid in some bushes. A police dog led officers to a house in the 2400 block of Northeast 133rd Street with a history of burglars living in it. But, there was no sign of the man.

According to the report, it appears the man forced open the victim's backdoor, breaking the frame and lock.

While the man dropped the victim's duffle bag, the victim was still missing a laptop and camera, according to the report.

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