A man suspected of breaking into the Seattle home of his ex-girlfriend and assaulting her was arrested early this morning after police found him hiding in the crawlspace of her home.
The victim called 911 just after midnight and told the operator a man forcing his way into her home through a bathroom window might be her ex-boyfriend, who is barred from being near her by a domestic violence no-contact order, police said. The operator then heard the victim yelling at someone to get off her bed and get off her before the line was disconnected, according to police.
Police arrived at the home near 26th Avenue and East Pine Street and were met by the victim, who said the intruder had fled into her basement. Officers went down to the basement and saw a man hiding inside a crawlspace, trying to conceal himself with insulation, according to police.
The man was arrested.
The victim told police her ex-boyfriend had grabbed her and forced her out of her bedroom and into the living room while she was on the line with the 911 operator. He also grabbed the phone from her hand and disconnected the 911 call before throwing the phone to the floor, she told police.
Police found that the 24-year-old intruder had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, as well as a the no-contact order. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, investigation of domestic violence assault and on the outstanding warrants.