Woman, dog pepper-sprayed during home-invasion robbery

SEATTLE -- A woman and her family dog were pepper-sprayed by two men who broke into their Greenwood home early Wednesday and made off with her phone and her brother's safe, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the victim heard noises outside of her room in her house in the 9700 block of Third Avenue Northeast around 3:30 a.m. and went to investigate.

As soon as the victim pulled back the curtain separating her room from the rest of the house, she was pepper-sprayed in the face by a man wearing a bandanna over his face, according to police. The victim fell to the ground and was pepper-sprayed a second time.

That's when the victim's dog attacked the intruder. While the intruder pepper-sprayed and kicked the dog, the victim saw a second man carrying a safe from her brother's room, according to police.

The victim yelled for her father, who confronted the second man. According to police, the second man pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim's father and asked where the "stuff" was.

The father told the men there was no money in the house, and they left after taking the victim's phone, according to police.

A third resident was hiding during the ordeal.

Officers arrived to find a lot of pepper spray in the home but no sign of the intruders, Det. Mark Jamieson said. He said they don't know how the two intruders got into the home.

Neighbors expressed shock at what transpired in what they characterized as a nice, family-oriented neighborhood.

"If we've got people coming in with pepper spray and masks, that's just unreal," neighbor Mike Atwood said.

Police credit the family's dog, who appeared fine after being pepper-sprayed and kicked, with saving the day.