A belligerent knife-wielding teen was caught late Saturday in Rochester, thanks to neighbors working with law enforcement to track him down.
A resident on 185th Avenue Southwest initially reported an intoxicated young man outside the home about 9 p.m. The caller had tried to calm the man down, but the youth began pushing the caller. The suspect then fled, and the resident called 911.
About 30 minutes later, a frantic woman called 911 saying someone was trying to break into her home. She fled, and the suspect went inside. He had a knife and had slashed and cut the door on his way into the home.
Calls began coming into 911 regarding the young man, who ended up confronting four homeowners, threatening one with a knife and demanding their car keys.
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 found outside the home he had entered, they reported.
The 16-year-old was booked into the Thurston County Youth Service Center on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery.Staff reports