UPDATE 2: 80-year Old Man Assaulted by Burglar; K-9 finds one suspect
UPDATE 3/13/12 6:45 p.m.: Police say that the victim of Tuesday’s burglary and assault that caused a major police response, as well as lockdowns at both Highline High and Sylvester Middle Schools, was an 80-year old man.
The good news was that one of the suspects was apprehended by Sabre, along with King County Sheriff’s Deputy Kasprzyk.
According to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office, the victim had returned home to find his house being burglarized by two men. One of the suspects confronted the homeowner and struck him with the butt of a shotgun.
Police were called to the 500 block of South 158th about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 13). The man had just arrived home and saw a red SUV parked in his driveway. He also saw that his garage door was open and his wife’s car was in the garage with a passenger door opened.
The man entered his garage and was immediately confronted by a suspect with a shotgun. The suspect told the man to get on the ground and when the man did not comply quickly enough, the suspect struck the man with the butt of the shotgun in the face and both knees.
The suspect then fled with the shotgun in the red SUV. The victim saw another suspect flee from the back of the house and continue running eastbound through the neighborhood.
Burien Police Officers quickly set up a perimeter and called a King County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit to attempt a track of the suspect on foot. During the track, the K-9 dog found a hat, gloves, and a jacket that are believed to belong to the suspect. The K-9 Unit, headed by Sabre (see photo), continued the track and located the suspect hiding in bushes near South 163rd Street and SR-509.
The suspect, a 27-year old man from Tacoma, was arrested.
Police are still looking for the second suspect who fled in the vehicle. At this time the only description of the outstanding suspect is a white male.
The victim’s wife was not home at the time of the incident. The victim was transported the Highline Hospital, treated and released.
UPDATE 3/13/12 2:25 p.m.: The Seattle P-I is reporting that a Burien homeowner was assaulted by a burglar in the 500 block of South 158th Street Tuesday afternoon (March 13), and the ensuing police pursuit resulted in the lockdown of both Highline High and Sylvester Middle Schools.
According to Sylvester Principal Vicki Fisher, the “modified lockdown” was lifted at 1:40 p.m.
The P-I reports that the man came back to his home and discovered two burglars, one of whom was armed with a shotgun. That suspect apparently hit the homeowner, using the shotgun as a blunt weapon, officials said.
The two burglars escaped, but one was later captured by police.
The second burglar apparently is still on the loose.
Here’s an email sent to parents of students at Sylvester:
March 13, 2012
Dear Sylvester Families,
Today around 12:30 p.m. we were advised by Burien police to go into a modified lockdown as a precaution, while authorities searched for burglary suspects in our general area. At 1:40 p.m. we were informed by police that it was safe to remove the lockdown.
For the safety of both students and parents, we do not alert parents while a lockdown is in progress or allow students to contact their parents by cell phone. This is emergency management best practice. Police do not want parents to come to school in an emergency situation because that could put the parent in danger and/or could compromise the police investigation.
I know it is alarming when there is police activity near your child’s school. Please know that your child’s safety is the central purpose of all our emergency procedures.
If you have any questions about this incident, please call the office at 206-631-6000.
Principal Vicki Fisher
BREAKING 3/13/12 1 p.m.: We were first alerted to major police activity in Burien by BTB Reader Delsie Baumgardner, and it’s just been confirmed by Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office – police pursuit of a burglary suspect in the vicinity of Des Moines Memorial Way and S. 174th has resulted in a lockdown at Highline High School Tuesday afternoon, March 13.
While information is still sketchy, as this incident appears to still be unfolding, we have not yet heard of any injuries or gun fire.
We’ll update this post as we learn more information.
Here are some iPhone pics sent to us by Delsie:
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