Felon used children to hide from police

by: Lee Stoll Updated:

Felon used children to hide from police
Marysville, Wash. —

A suspected thief is accused of waking a family and using them to hide from Marysville police.

Ellen Graves says she struggled to keep six children calm in a bedroom for what seemed like an eternity. "I thought it was the longest two and a half hours of my life," said Graves. Her 8-year-old, Jasmin, and the rest of the family were just waking up on May 4 when a man broke through the back door and confronted Graves in the hallway. "I thought I was gonna get hurt. I was scared," said Jasmin.

According to court papers, 36-year-old Jeremy Maddalena was trying to hide out after a Marysville police officer spotted him driving a stolen truck downtown. Maddalena ditched the truck and took off running. Officers combed the neighborhood. Graves could see them through the room's sheer curtain but could not get their attention.

Graves finally tricked Maddalena into following her to the kitchen for a glass of water. She saw an officer and screamed. Maddalena surrendered and was arrested for stolen property, burglary and imprisonment. "In all reality I wanted to kill him but I couldn't because I had children in the house," said Graves.

Maddalena, a convicted felon, is being held on $100,000 bail.

Graves says she's seen him in the neighborhood and they have mutual friends but he was never allowed at her house.