Burglary suspect detained by transit security officer

Staff writerNovember 17, 2013 

A suspect was already handcuffed when sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary Thursday.

The victim was the neighbor of an off duty Pierce Transit Security Officer, armed with a hand gun, who was nearby when someone broke the window of the home just west of his Spanaway residence, according to charging papers.

The 18-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty to residential burglary Friday.

According to court records:

The officer heard glass breaking, and looked outside to find someone wearing gloves and picking glass out of a broken window of the nearby residence.

The officer confronted the suspect, saw a knife on his side, and proceeded to point his handgun at the suspect and order him to the ground.

The man arrested told a deputy that he had heard glass breaking as he was walking outside, and saw from a distance that it had been smashed, then went to investigate.

The deputy noted that the window was not visible from where the suspect said he had seen the damage.


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