Restaurant employee leaves work party to foil burglary at work

SEATTLE -- Despite being at a party minutes away, an El Chupacabra employee and three of her friends sprang into action when the popular Mexican restaurant's alarm was triggered, arriving in time to foil a would-be burglar and hold him down until officers arrived, according to the Seattle Police Department.

El Chupacabra, located at 6711 Greenwood Ave. N., was closed all day Jan. 29 for "employee maintenance," according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Shortly before 8 p.m., someone pried open one of the restaurant's front windows using a kitchen knife, entered the restaurant and ripped the alarm pad off a back wall, according to the police report for the incident.

According to the report, the burglar then kicked a door down to get into the El Chupacabra offices and answer the alarm company's phone call , saying he was doing construction in the restaurant.

Getting the alarm call herself, an El Chupacabra employee and three of her friends left an employee party nearby and headed to the restaurant.

Despite the intruder's protestations that he himself was only in the restaurant to thwart a burglary, the employee and her friends held him on the ground until officers arrived, according to the report.

According to the report, the suspect appeared to be high and intoxicated. He also has three outstanding warrants, including one for escaping the Department of Corrections.

He was booked into King County Jail.