Armed citizen confronts alleged grill thief, attack dog

SEATTLE -- An armed West Seattle resident fended off an attack dog but couldn't stop its owner from making off with his grill, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the resident saw the man stealing his grill from the alley behind his apartment building in the 9000 block of 16th Avenue Southwest around 12:45 p.m. May 23.

The resident later told officers the man already had his neighbor's grill and a metal security door he had pried off its hinges in the back of an older blue Ford F150.

The resident confronted the man. But, the man, speaking in a foreign language, commanded his black German Shepard to attack the resident, according to the report.

But, when the resident took out a revolver and pointed it at the German Shepard the man grabbed his dog, got in the truck and peeled out of the alley.

The resident was able to provide officers with a license plate number of the truck. It came back as registered to a man matching the description of the grill thief who works in the vehicle recycling business.