UPDATE/VIDEO: Three Arrested In Wild White Center Burglary Chase
[EDITOR’S NOTE: From our sister site The White Center Blog comes this on-the-scene report about a huge police event in White Center:]
UPDATE 3/31/10: According to KING5 News (see video below), King County Sheriff’s Officers tracked down and arrested three suspects from Tuesday’s wild burglary chase in White Center.
Police got a tip that led them to a motel where they found the suspects, a possible getaway vehicle as well as stolen merchandise.
As we reported from the scene Tuesday near the intersection of 18th SW and SW 107th, police had barricaded streets, brought in a K-9 unit and chopper, and were scouring the neighborhood in body armor while carrying some rather intimidating rifles.
Reports are that the burglars were caught red-handed in a house, then challenged by gun and machete-toting homeowners who chased them down.
Here’s KING’s report:
Late Tuesday morning (March 30), the King County Sheriff’s Department and Seattle Police had a major show of force near the intersection of 18th Ave SW and SW 107th Streets in White Center, as they searched for two burglar suspects who were trying to rob a nearby home.
According to Sgt. John Urquhart of the Sheriff’s office, three burglars were caught red-handed when homeowners walked in and interrupted a robbery in progress. Two of them fled the scene and one was arrested.
Reports are that one of them may live in the area or may be hiding in a nearby home.
Streets were blocked off, the Sheriff’s “Guardian One” chopper hovered overhead, a K-9 unit was brought in and several police officers were seen carrying M-16 AR-15 rifles as they combed the area searching for the remaining two suspects.
“I was on the phone with my homegirl,” said a bystander named Richard. “…they were driving through with a truck, got stuck in the mud, got out, started waving guns, she called the cops and stuff like that…”
Our own Bart Bryan was on the scene to capture the following video and photos: