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May 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Mail-theft suspect jumps in Lake Washington

The Associated Press

MERCER ISLAND — A man suspected of breaking into mailboxes at a Mercer Island apartment building jumped into Lake Washington to escape but was fished out by a Seattle police boat.

KIRO reported the apartment manager discovered a man and woman breaking into locked mailboxes about 2 a.m. Thursday. The manager blocked their car and responding officers took the woman into custody.

The man knocked down an officer and ran away. The officer was treated for a minor head injury.

A Washington State Patrol trooper spotted the suspect about 4:15 a.m. walking across the Interstate 90 floating bridge. The suspect jumped in the water and was found about a half-hour later by Seattle Harbor Patrol.

Police found stolen mail in the couple’s car. Both are now in jail.

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