Man and His Father Tackle Armed Burglar

When a woman confronted a 32-year-old burglar inside her Ballard home in the middle of the night last weekend, the burglar told her “I guess I have the wrong house.”

Did he ever.

Shortly after midnight on October 31st, a man drove up to his parents’ house in the 200 block of NW 41st around 12:30am, and saw a Land Rover, which he didn’t recognize, parked in the driveway.

The man then heard someone rustling around in his father’s truck, parked in the driveway outside the home, and saw a flashlight beam flickering about.

The man went into the home, got the keys to his girlfriend’s car and a cellphone, and pulled the car in behind the Land Rover, boxing it in, as he called 911.

The man’s mother woke up when she heard noises inside the house, and wandered out of her bedroom to find out what was going on. When she came across the 32-year-old suspect, she yelled “What the hell are you doing here?”

The suspect replied “I guess I have the wrong house.”

When the woman noticed the suspect was holding a flashlight, PCC bag, and keys which belonged to her, she snatched the flashlight out of his hand.

The woman’s son saw the confrontation from outside the home, ran inside, and tackled the suspect. The man wrestled with the suspect, which woke up the man’s father, who also jumped into the fight.

The suspect was able to make it out of the home into the driveway, where he reached inside his jacket and pulled out a handgun.

The man then grabbed the barrel of the suspect’s gun, wrestled it away from him, and shouted “get the fuck out of here.”

The suspect then got into the Land Rover, pointed a rifle at the man through the windshield, and demanded that the man move his car. 

The suspect apparently tried to ram the man’s girlfriend’s car to get away, but police arrived and took the suspect into custody.

Officers recovered a Winchester rifle and a “non-functioning replica of a vintage handgun” at the scene.

They found tools, which belonged to the residents, inside the Land Rover.

Police booked the suspect into the King County Jail for burglary, unlawful weapons possession,robbery, and assault. It appears he hasn’t yet been charged.

Police records indicate the man has a prior conviction for drug possession with intent to deliver.