Elma police chase rifle-wielding burglary suspect

A 37-year-old Shelton man was arrested on multiple offenses Tuesday morning after he led police on a chase from burglary location to burglary location in Elma, according to Elma police.

During the burglaries, the suspect pointed an AK-47 rifle at two of his victims, according to a news release.

About 3 a.m., Elma police were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 1700 block of West Main Street. Once they arrived, they learned of a second burglary in the 100 block of North Ninth.

Police would be dispatched to three more locations in Elma before the Shelton man was finally taken into custody in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.

Police say the man resisted arrest and suffered an abrasion, according to a police news release. He was treated at Summit Pacific Medical Center. During his treatment, police say he was combative and injured Elma officers.

The man was arrested on suspicion of five counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Elma police at 360-482-3131.

Elma police received assistance from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Montesano police and McCleary Police.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.