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Sequim burglary suspect held at gunpoint by homeowner until deputies arrive

FILE

SEQUIM, Wash. -- A burglar picked the wrong house to try and steal from out on the Olympic Peninsula Tuesday.

It was around 5 p.m. when a home alarm noted Clallam County deputies to a potential burglary on Highway 101 near Sherboune Road west of Sequim, deputies said.

While heading to the scene, deputies were told the homeowner had arrived back home and was holding the burglar at gunpoint. Deputies arrived moments later and took the suspected burglar into custody.

The homeowner told deputies his alarm went off on Monday and came home to find one of the windows to an adjacent shop had been broken. When they got the second alarm on Tuesday, one of the homeowners arrived with a gun to find a burglar standing next to a pull cart by one of the shops.

The burglar tried to run off toward his car parked down along the highway, but the homeowner fired a shot into the ground and told the burglar to stop. He then held the burglar at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Investigators say the items found in the pull cart had been taken from two different shops on the homeowner's property.

"The cart had been pulled down a trail through the grass from the shops towards where (the suspect's) vehicle was parked," Clallam County investigators said in a news release announcing the arrest.

The suspect, a 38-year-old Port Angeles resident, was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of burglary and attempted theft.

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