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Kent Police catch Soos Creek Elementary School burglary suspect

Officers arrest 23-year-old Kent woman after foot pursuit in Feb. 26 incident

Kent Police arrested a 23-year-old woman for investigation of first-degree burglary and other crimes after she reportedly broke into Soos Creek Elementary School, 12651 SE 218th Place.

Officers were dispatched at about 2:11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 to the school after an alarm sounded and an alarm company reported an intruder inside, according to a Feb. 29 Kent Police statement.

Multiple officers responded and set up a perimeter around the school. An officer found a broken window as a possible point of entry and said he could hear someone inside.

Officers rushed to the location and then the school’s southernmost west door opened when an officer allegedly saw a woman in the doorway holding several items, according to police. She quickly dropped the items and took off running away from the school.

An officer yelled several times for the woman to stop, but she continued to run southbound, ignoring repetitive commands, according to police. Multiple officers gave chase. The woman, of Kent, periodically turned around to see if they were still pursing her.

Eventually an officer caught up to the woman as she approached a perimeter fence. The officer prevented her from getting over the fence, and other officers took her into custody.

It was later reportedly determined that the woman had used an axe to break a window to gain entry into the school. She was booked into the King County jail for investigation of first-degree burglary and faces additional charges of third-degree possessing stolen property, second-degree malicious mischief, possessing burglary tools, possessing dangerous weapons on school grounds and obstructing.

The stolen items were all recovered.


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