Two Aberdeen burglars were arrested last week with assistance from Hoquiam Police and the Washington State Patrol. Lt. C. J. Chastain said that an Aberdeen officer responded to a suspicious circumstances call at the Aberdeen Manor on West 2nd Street around 2:39 AM Friday morning. A concerned citizen reported finding a locked down access door propped open. While checking the floors, the officer found evidence of a burglary and requested additional officers to respond and assist.

Moments later the officer was face to face with two 28-year old suspects (male and female, both Aberdeen residents) in the 3rd-floor storage area.

The officer was familiar with both from prior contacts and knew that a court order prohibited the two from being together. As the officer waited for backup, the man jumped up and tried to escape out of an open window. The officer grabbed his backpack and was able to prevent the suspect from falling to almost certain injury. But the suspect slipped out of the backpack, and crawled down the window ledge below, a rain canopy at the first floor, and then to the ground. The officer called to arriving units including a Hoquiam Police sergeant and Washington State Patrol trooper. They took the man into custody after a brief foot chase. The female suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The officer was able to recover the male suspect’s backpack, which contained suspected methamphetamines, syringes, and tools for assisting the suspects with committing burglaries. During the custody search of the female suspect and her backpack, she was found to be in possession of suspected heroin and methamphetamine, as well as a crowbar.

Chastain said that the two have been arrested on various charges including Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, Burglary, Felony Court Order Violation, Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, and outstanding arrest warrants.

The Aberdeen Police Department wishes to express our thanks to our partner agencies of the Hoquiam Police Department and the Washington State Patrol for their urgent response and assistance with the arrest of the fleeing suspect.