Police: Burglar caught, held at gunpoint until officers arrive

NEWCASTLE, Wash. — A Seattle man was arrested after police said he broke into three homes in Newcastle over the weekend.

Officers with the Bellevue Police Department said the man, 38, broke a woman’s glass door with a flower pot and entered her home around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The woman yelled and screamed until the man fled, according to police.

Police said the woman then called a neighbor who spotted the man and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.

Police said the man had the woman’s credit cards on him when they arrested him. They also found five fake $100 bills.

“He denied any knowledge of the burglary or how the victim’s personal items got into his pocket,” a spokesperson for the Bellevue Police Department wrote in a news release.

In their investigation, police said they learned the man had entered the homes of two other neighbors.

Police said after the man was taken into custody, he damaged the inside of the patrol car and spat on an officer’s face.

The man was later booked into jail on investigation of burglary, assault, malicious mischief and forgery.