- Police say a Wallingford couple found a man wearing hospital scrubs inside their home last week.
- After tackling the suspect, the homeowner asked what he was doing inside their house. The suspect replied in a "nonsensical manner." The suspect waited inside the living room without incident until police arrived.
- Northwest Hospital confirmed the suspect in the Wallingford break-in was a patient at their hospital.
SEATTLE -- Police arrested a man after he allegedly broke into a home in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood last week wearing hospital scrubs.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of June 6 at a home the 4000 block of Densmore Avenue N.
The homeowners told police they were sleeping in their bedroom, located on the first floor of their house, when their dog began barking loudly. One of them came out to investigate and found a man wearing hospital scrubs on their stairs leading to their children’s bedroom.
The homeowner grabbed the suspect and yelled at him, asking why he was inside their house. The suspect reportedly replied in a “nonsensical manner,” repeating something about oil and the ocean.
The suspect was led to the living room while the other homeowner called police. While they waited for police to arrive, the homeowners said the suspect talked normally and coherently, telling them he was from Everett.
When an officer arrived, the suspect was sitting in a chair in the living room. When the officer asked how he entered the home, the suspect indicated he had entered through a living room window which had been unlocked and slightly ajar.
When the officer read the suspect his Miranda rights, the officer said the suspect wouldn’t respond intelligently and starting rambling in a “made-up language.” The officer said he couldn’t tell if the suspect suffered from an actual mental condition or was just pretending.
The 26-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary. The King County prosecutor's office says he was released Monday because they had not received a complete case file yet from detectives. Prosecutors typically have 72 hours to file charges after an arrest.
A spokesperson for Northwest Hospital confirms the suspect was a patient in their emergency room on the night of June 5th. He was treated and released. They added he was articulate, ambulatory and stable at the time of his release.