Three people, one wearing a Ronald Reagan mask, broke into a Rainier Valley home late on Halloween night, struck a man with a gun and robbed him, according to Seattle police and the victim.
The homeowner, who asked not to be named, was alone in the house in the 4500 block of South Findlay Street, just off Rainier Avenue South.
He was sleeping, he said Saturday, when he heard someone at the back door at around 11:30 p.m. His wife and son were away for the night visiting his wife’s mother in Tacoma. He checked to see if his wife had returned for some reason, but didn’t see anyone.
When there was a loud banging on the front door, he thought it might be police, he said. He opened the door, and when he saw the three outside, immediately tried shutting it again. However, the intruders kicked it in, breaking the door jamb.
The lead intruder wore the Reagan mask, and the other two had some kind of face covering as well, the victim said. They pushed their way in and struck him in the head with a gun. They ransacked the house, stealing his wallet, a couple of phones and a Netbook computer, the homeowner said.
Bleeding from the head, he went to a neighbor’s house but found no one in. He found some people on Rainier Avenue South and asked them to call 911, he said. Police said they responded at 12:30 a.m., with a police dog, but could not track down the intruders.
The victim was taken to the hospital and kept there overnight.
The victim said someone had tried to break into the home two days earlier but had run away when they found him home. As a result he had put a lock on his front gate and his family had bought a security-camera system, which was not yet installed. “They just came today, too late,” he said.
Saturday afternoon, relatives were repairing the home’s broken front door and preparing to install the new security cameras.