Would-be burglar may have been inspired by 911 system outage

MLT Police DepartmentA seven-hour 911 system outage may have been a factor in the decision of a local man to attempt a break-in of an ex-girlfriend’s home in Mountlake Terrace on April 10. But despite the 911 system not working, the quick action of neighbors summoned police to the scene and the suspect was apprehended and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for attempted burglary.

At about 2:30 a.m., a Mountlake Terrace officer returning to the police station noticed an individual attempting to use an emergency phone at the front door of the building. When contacted, the person told the officer that his father had someone corner in a backyard in the 23500 block of 52nd Avenue West. When police arrived at the scene they found the suspect hiding in some bushes

“The suspect in this case is very well known and has a lengthy criminal history going back many years,” said Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Doug Hansen. “Most recently he has had an on-going domestic violence history with an ex-girlfriend that lives near the reporting party. We believe he had tried to break into the ex’s home that night, got scared off her property and hid in the neighbor’s yard where he was eventually caught.”

The suspected was charged with attempted residential burglary and multiple counts of violating a court order. He remains in jail on bail totaling $152,500.

The seven-hour 911 system outage throughout the region during the early morning hours of April 10 was caused by a technical error by a third-party vendor, officials from CenturyLink said. SNOCOM 911 reported their systems were working again around 6:30 a.m. on the day of the problem.

– By Doug Petrowski

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