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Washington: In Washington, a burglary suspect who was accused of breaking into a home last week was apprehended in a rather unusual and dramatic manner. The incident took place in Seattle, where the suspect’s actions led to a series of events that unfolded in a garage. The incident began when a 17-year-old girl reported that […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Aug 24, 2023 20:40 IST
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Burglar Consumes Gasoline After Police Tries Arresting Him
Burglar Consumes Gasoline After Police Tries Arresting Him

Washington: In Washington, a burglary suspect who was accused of breaking into a home last week was apprehended in a rather unusual and dramatic manner. The incident took place in Seattle, where the suspect’s actions led to a series of events that unfolded in a garage.

The incident began when a 17-year-old girl reported that a man with a wooden stick had attempted to enter her parent’s home. The police received the call and, fearing for the girl’s safety, they entered the home to search for her and the suspect. During the search, they heard noises coming from inside the home.

They discovered a 40-year-old man sitting in a car within the garage, holding a red gasoline can and a hammer. The situation took an even stranger turn when the suspect began drinking gasoline from the nozzle of the can. Police bodycam footage captured the suspect’s actions as he drank gasoline and wiped his mouth.

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As police approached the car, the suspect pleaded with them, claiming he didn’t want any trouble. However, the confrontation escalated, and officers eventually had to break the window of the car to restrain and apprehend the suspect.

During this time, the 17-year-old girl was found safe on the second floor of the house. The man was subsequently treated by paramedics and then booked into King County Jail on charges of residential burglary.

The incident sheds light on the current crime situation in Seattle. The city has witnessed over 22,000 property crimes this year alone, with burglaries accounting for a significant portion. While over 4,750 burglary offenses have been reported, only 602 arrests have been made in 2023.

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The rising crime rates in Seattle have led to growing discontent among residents. Recent data from the US Census Bureau revealed that a considerable number of residents expressed a desire to leave the city due to concerns about crime. In fact, around 7.2% of residents wanted to leave Seattle due to these concerns, marking the highest rate among all cities in the country.

The situation has prompted strong reactions from law enforcement as well. A veteran police officer resigned from the Seattle police force and criticized the city’s leadership for its handling of the crime problem. In her resignation letter, former Seattle Police Lt. Jessica Taylor criticized the leadership’s failures and pointed out the escalating issues the city has been facing.

First published on: Aug 24, 2023 08:40 PM IST

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