Burglar Tries To Escape Through Police Exercise, Fails

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From the “it could only happen in Burien” police files comes this recent tale of a dumb criminal who robbed an area house, and in his haste to escape, ran right into a police training exercise:

On Thursday, March 26th at about 2:40pm the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy received an unusual visitor on campus: a felon fleeing the Normandy Park police after breaking into a home.

Unfortunately for the suspect, the academy staff and senior class were participating in what are known as “Patrol Beat Mock Scenes”, a daylong exercise in which recruits patrol the campus facility in marked academy police cars responding to simulated calls for service. The man was later caught by academy staff in the neighborhood bordering the campus after interrupting a training scene on campus. He had committed two residential burglaries, escaping the second one by diving out of a closed window injuring his hand.

Recruits and an instructor working the simulated crime scene were contacted by an on-duty officer from the Normandy Park Police Department who came to the academy campus searching for the felon last seen on foot in the area. The officer stopped to tell them about the situation and asked them to call 911 if they saw the suspect. The instructor, a Kirkland Police Corporal, used his radio to alert other members of the staff who were involved in training scenarios around the facility.

A few minutes later, the suspect, a 21-year old man, walked out of a wooded area of the campus past a group of recruits who reported his presence. The suspect fled back into the woods pursued by a Des Moines Police Officer who tailed him until he crossed 192nd Ave South where he was seen dumping stolen property by a Washington State Patrol Corporal. A Seattle Police Officer and Renton Police Officer recovered the stolen property which included a handgun. The suspect jumped several fences across backyards in an attempt to escape. A short time later the man was taken into custody by a Des Moines Police Officer, U.S. Forest Service Officer and Renton Police Officer.

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