Thurston deputies arrest getaway driver after burglary Wednesday

Staff writerJanuary 30, 2014 

Thurston County sheriff's deputies arrested a 25-year-old Mount Vernon man accused of picking up two burglars in his gold Mercedes after they ran from a home in the 10000 block of Old Highway 99 Wednesday afternoon.

The man will have his first appearance in Thurston County Superior Court Thursday after his arrest on suspicion of first-degree burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, court papers state.

Sheriff's deputies are still seeking the two burglary suspects who ran from the home on Old Highway 99 after they were interrupted by the returning homeowner about 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said.

The homeowner came home Wednesday to find his front door kicked in, Brady said. When the homeowner confronted the two burglary suspects in his bedroom, one of the suspects grabbed a knife off of a bedside table and attacked the man, Brady said.

The burglary hit the homeowner in the head with the hunting-style knife while it was still in its sheath, Brady said. The two burglary suspects ran out the front door, and entered a waiting gold Mercedes, which drove off, Brady said. The homeowner was not injured during the attack, Brady added.

As deputies swarmed the area looking for the Mercedes, Horizons Elementary School in Lacey was briefly on lockdown.

A deputy located the Mercedes on Fir Tree Road, and pulled the vehicle over on Rainier Road, Brady said. The two burglary suspects ran from the Mercedes after it stopped, Brady added.

Deputies brought a K-9 unit to try and track the two burglary suspects, but could not locate them, Brady said.

Deputies found stolen property from the home on Old Highway 99 in the trunk of the Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes was placed under arrest, but he was uncooperative with deputies, Brady said.

When the driver was asked the names of the fleeing suspects, "he gave the first names Barry and Larry," Brady said.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives division of the sheriff's office at 360-786-5530.

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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