Daytime robbers tie up homeowner

by: Alison Grande Updated:

REDMOND RIDGE, Wash. —

Two thieves targeted a house along 229th DR NE in Redmond Ridge on Nov. 17.

Detectives say the burglars rang the doorbell and knocked. When no one answered the door, police say the two men broke in the back door.  But the homeowner was home.  The men found her upstairs; investigators say the men tied her up.

They stole property from the house and ran away into the woods, said police.  The woman was able to free herself and call 911.

Neighbors were upset the crime happened on their block in the middle of the day.  A woman who lives across the street thinks the same men knocked on her door a couple days before the home invasion. She thinks the men were scouting the neighborhood. Her mother-in-law didn’t answer the door, but talked through it. 

“Some people were knocking on our door and she asked him, ‘What do you need? What do you want?’ And the person didn’t really answer”, said Janet who lives on same block.

The homeowner’s association blames the lack of police presence. Redmond Ridge is outside Redmond City limits, it is protected by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“Unfortunately I think it’s going to be something we hear more and more. I think criminals are wise as to where the sheriff’s (deputies) are and where they aren’t,” said Jen Bell, Redmond Ridge Residential Owners Association.

The Redmond Ridge Residential Owner’s Association uses member dues to hire off duty King County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Investigators say the men ran away into the woods. They were driving a grey SUV. Detective asked homeowners to review any surveillance video to see if it has any images of the men.