MLT police get their man after foot chase that leaves officer, suspect with minor injuries

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MLT Police DepartmentA police foot chase through a wooded ravine near Cinebarre sent an officer and a suspect to the hospital for minor injuries before the suspect was taken to the Snohomish County Jail last Friday.

An employee of the Mountlake Terrace movie theater called 911 early in the afternoon of Jan. 31 to report a theft from a vehicle in the theater’s parking lot. Mountlake Terrace officers spotted a white male inside a fence between Cinebarre and the Sterling Bank office building. When ordered to lay on the ground, the suspect said he was sorry, took off a backpack he was wearing, then ran through the ravine to elude officers, a police report said.

An officer jumped the fence, pursued the suspect and eventually caught him. While the officer and the suspect were sliding down the ravine, two other officers caught up and helped hold down the suspect. Officers had to deploy a Taser on the suspect twice to control him and get him into handcuffs.

The officer who first pursued the suspect suffered scrapes and bruises on his left hand; the suspect was treated for a cut on his left thumb.

Items found in the wooded ravine that were allegedly taken from a Chevy pickup were a briefcase, bolt cutters, a first aid kit and a lunchbox. Other items found in the woods believed to be the suspect’s were burglary tools, dentistry tools and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett on $3,000 bail. He is charged with vehicle prowling in the second degree, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

— By Doug Petrowski

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