Police arrest woman in pipe-wielding break-in

An Olympia couple fled their home Saturday morning when an intruder broke in and threatened them with a metal pipe, according to the Olympia Police Department.

About 5:30 a.m., a resident of a house on State Avenue reported the incident. Police arrived and found the couple outside, but their grandchild and the suspect were still in the house, police said.

Officers could hear screaming and crying. As they got to the top of the staircase, they saw a woman standing in a bedroom with a 7 foot long metal rail raised above her head. The officers could see a child behind her. With the woman distracted by police, the child dove into another room. The suspect then turned her anger toward the officers, police said. The officers, with handguns drawn, subdued her without any injury. Meanwhile, other officers reached the child and took him to safety.

The grandmother told officers that woke to the sounds of someone yelling in her house. She went to her grandchild’s room where she was immediately confronted by the unknown woman, who was swinging the metal railing and yelling “Where are my kids?” and, “I’m going to kill you!”

The suspect, a 39-year-old transient, was booked into Thurston County Jail on suspicion of burglary, assault and harrassment charges.

There appears to be no connection between the suspect and the victims, police said.