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Kids Keep Their Cool, Help Catch Crook


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A16 year-old Arlington boy was home caring for his 11 year-old brother when around mid-morning a stranger rang the doorbell.  Since they didn’t know the man, they didn’t answer.  The man at the door went around to the back of the house and kicked in the door.  The two boys fled to their parents’ master bathroom and called 911.  Meanwhile, the burglar made his way through the house to the master bedroom and opened the door to the bathroom where the boys were hiding.  When he saw the two boys, he fled the house, limping as he ran. 

At least seven Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies, two police chiefs, a precinct captain, and a canine unit arrived in the area.  Deputies and the canine unit tracked the suspect through knee-high wet grass and creeks before finally capturing him a quarter mile away.  The two boys positively IDd the suspect as the same man who confronted them in the bathroom.  Deputies credit the boys for doing a good job by staying calm and helping police.

The 36 year-old Arlington man with an artificial leg will be booked into Snohomish County Jail.