Capitol Hill resident confronts, tackles burglar

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SEATTLE - A resident confronted and wrestled with a burglar Friday afternoon in Capitol Hill, according to the Seattle Police Department.

 

The incident happened after 12:00 p.m. at an apartment in the 700 block of Bellevue Avenue East.

 

Dave Greenbaum was stepping out of his apartment for a few seconds when someone walked in behind him. He told police that he found a man stealing his property and confronted him.

 

“It was about that far ajar and I heard the rustling in there,” Greenbaum told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Deborah Horne. “Then I came through the hallway and I saw the guy down there with my laptops in his arms, and I ran at him and tackled him.”

 

Greenbaum wrestled on the rug with the burglar, but the burglar broke free and fled the scene with some of the Greenbaum’s items.

 

According to police, Greenbaum armed himself and chased after the burglar.

 

When Greenbaum drew his gun and ordered the burglar to stop, the burglar threw the stolen property on the ground and continued running.

 

According to police, a postal employee, Michael Lambert, noticed Greenbaum was struggling with the burglar.

 

“He said, ‘Call the police, call the police.’ And I said, ‘Really?’” said Lambert. “And he goes, ‘[He] just tried to break into my apartment, please call the police.’ And then he ran on past me and ran up the street.”

 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Greenbaum uninjured, and additional officers arrived to contain the area.

 

Police said the burglar was last seen running towards a bike trail just east of Interstate 5.

 

The burglar was seen jumping over a fence onto a ledge and onto I-5. He injured his leg from the jump, but he continued to run westbound crossing I-5.

 

Officers lost the burglar, but then found him hiding.

 

Greenbaum positively identified the burglar, and medics responded to the scene to treat the burglar’s leg injury. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

 

“I just wanted him to not to get away. He needed to get caught and go to jail,” said Greenbaum.

 

Upon release, the burglar will be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

 

Police said a second victim stated the same burglar tried entering his home earlier in the day.