Burien Police / King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that three K9 handlers and one dog were able to track down a burglary suspect in Burien on Friday, April 17, 2020.
Police say that on that morning at around 5:20 a.m., they responded to the 100 block of SW 116th Street for a burglary that had just occurred.
K9 Deputy Stratton talked to the resident who confirmed the suspect entered their apartment and started to crawl through the window of a second apartment unit when the police were called.
A perimeter was set up around the complex, and Deputy Nelson and his K9 Teno began tracking for the suspect. Teno tracked through multiple yards, until a homeowner flagged him down to advise that the suspect was in his backyard, trying to get away.
K9 Handler Deputy Gervacio was able to grab ahold of the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect claimed this was his home and that officers were mistaken. The real homeowner confirmed they did not know the suspect nor did he have a right to be in his yard.
The original victim who lived in the apartment identified the arrestee as the person who broke in to their apartment.
The suspect was later booked into jail for investigation of Residential Burglary.