Police Investigating Home Invasion Robbery In the Central District

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee September 24, 2010

Seattle police are looking for a home invasion suspect who broke into a man's Central District home earlier this week, threatened to kill the man, and stole several laptops.

The victim told police he'd been been sitting in his upstairs bedroom of his home on 20th and Alder around 7:00pm on September 20th, when he heard a noise behind him and turned around to see a man walking into his room.

The suspect had one hand behind his back "as if he were concealing something," a police report says, and told the victim to hand over his laptop and camera, which were sitting on a desk. 

The suspect told the victim he would shoot him if he did not cooperate, and after taking the camera and laptop, ordered the victim to head downstairs. It does not appear that the suspect ever actually displayed a weapon, but the report is categorized in SPD's system as a robbery with a gun.

The suspect repeatedly told the victim he would kill him, as he led the victim through the house, stealing several other laptops which belonged to the victim's roommates, who were not home at the time of the incident.

The suspect ordered the victim to face a wall, and wrapped the computers and camera in a bed sheet and fled out the front door of the home.

The victim "took a few minutes to compose himself," the report says, and called 911.

According to the report, it's not clear exactly how the suspect got into the home, but the victim told officers his roommates sometimes leave the door to the home unlocked or open, and police did not find any pry marks on the door.

Police called out a K9 unit to search for the suspect, but weren't able to find him.

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