Homeowner shoots intruder
May 7, 2013
By Peter Clark
A 56-year-old Issaquah man shot an intruder breaking into his home May 3.
In the 18500 block of Northwest Montreux Drive, the as-yet unidentified homeowner heard someone ringing his doorbell just before 1 p.m. After failing to recognize the man who appeared to be in his mid-20s who was outside his door, the homeowner ignored it. A few moments later, the suspect threw an object through a glass front door and entered the home.
The homeowner responded to the sound and the two men struggled. The homeowner fired two shots from his handgun, striking the suspect once in the shoulder.
A delivery truck driver saw the scuffle, heard the shot and made the initial 911 call at about 1:05 p.m.
“It was pretty much handled by the homeowner,” Sgt. Kevin Nash said of the suspect’s capture.
Upon arresting him, the police found that he had two different warrants, including a $50,000 one for burglary. On the premises, Nash said that they also found a motorcycle that ended up being reported stolen. Police located the owner who was able to come and retrieve it.
The suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
“I would call him stable,” Nash said, after interviewing the suspect on Saturday.
The police have yet to charge him, but Nash said they expect to charge him with first-degree burglary.
He added that crimes of this nature have been increasing.
“They’ll knock on the door several times and then break right in through the front door,” he said. “We highly suggest for homeowners to have alarms. In my opinion, these burglaries are on the rise.”