Neighborhood aids in arrest of Rochester burglar

July 29, 2013 

A belligerent knife-wielding man was apprehended late Saturday in Rochester, thanks to neighbors working together with law enforcement to track him down.

A resident on 185th Avenue Southwest initially reported an intoxicated man outside the home about 9 p.m. The caller had been trying to calm the man down but the suspect began pushing the caller. The suspect then fled and the resident called 911.

About 30 minutes later, a frantic woman called 911 saying a male was trying to break into her home. She fled, and the same suspect gained access to her home. At the time, he was armed with a knife and had slashed and cut the door on his way into the home.

Numerous other calls began coming into 911 regarding this man, who ended up confronting four homeowners, threatening one with a knife and demanding the keys to their car.

Several Thurston County sheriff’s deputies responded to the calls; one located the suspect walking down the street and took him into custody without incident. The knife was later located outside the home he had entered.

The 16-year-old suspect was booked into the Thurston County Youth Service Center on first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery charges.

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