Seattle burglar drinks gas and police investigate home break-in
A gas-guzzling burglary suspect was caught sitting in the garage of the home he was accused of breaking into in Washington last week.
Seattle police said they received a call Friday morning when a 17-year-old girl claimed a man with a wooden stick had tried to enter her parents’ home around 11:30 a.m.
“Fearing for the life safety of the minor, officers forced entry through the front door and began searching for the 17-year-old female victim and the suspect,” a police statement said. Seattle police read.
During the search, officers heard explosions coming into the home and found the 40-year-old man sitting in the front seat of the car with a red petrol can and a hammer on his lap.
As police approached the car, the suspect put a mouthpiece to his mouth and began drinking gasoline before putting the container back down and wiping his mouth, police said. police bodycam footage.
The suspect remained locked in the truck, tried to negotiate with them, pleading that he “didn’t want any trouble.”
The police broke the window on the driver’s side and the suspect took this as a reason to take another drink of petrol.
“What the…,” said an officer on the footage.
Several officers got the suspect out of the car and stopped him on the ground.
The 17-year-old girl was found by police on the second floor and taken to safety.
The man was treated by paramedics and later committed to King County Jail for residential burglary.
According to data from the Seattle Police Department, the city of Washington has experienced more than 22,000 property crimes this year, with burglary second on the list with about 4,750 crimes, but with only 602 arrests in 2023.
Recent data from the US Census Bureau shows that nearly a quarter of a million residents wanted to leave the Emerald City because of rising crime. This makes the 7.2% of people fleeing crime the highest of any city in the country.
Crime in the city had risen to the point that an experienced cop resigned from the Seattle Police Department, but not before criticizing the city’s failed leadership.
“The toxic mix of the absurdity of the Seattle City Council, the spinelessness of the mayor, the leniency of the prosecution, and your failed leadership have accelerated this city’s descent straight to rock bottom. The trouble was already brewing before you came on the scene, but since you arrived it has been a free fall into anarchy and chaos,” former Seattle police lieutenant Jessica Taylor said in her 15-page resignation letter on Aug. 1.
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