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January 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Rude awakening: Police find wanted man hiding in stranger’s bed

The Wenatchee World

WENATCHEE — A man sleeping inside a Wenatchee apartment got a rude awakening Tuesday morning when a man being chased by police ended up in his bed.

Police weren’t clear on whether the resident was awakened by the suspect or by police who raced into the apartment in pursuit, said Sgt. Rick Johnson. The suspect had fled into the apartment to get away from police, and was pretending that he lived in the apartment, Johnson said.

The apartment dweller, in his 50s, “was kind of freaked out,” Johnson said.

The suspect was hit by Taser prongs inside the apartment as he fought with officers but the Taser was ineffective, Johnson said.

The man, Macario D. Ibarra, 32, Wenatchee, was taken to Central Washington Hospital where he was cleared of any Taser effects and was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on suspicion of multiple charges.

The incident began about 9 a.m. on South Chelan Avenue on the south side of the Community Center,  where Ibarra was in the street, impeding traffic, Johnson said. He ran from an officer for about a block before running into the unlocked door of the apartment.

Johnson said other officers joined in the pursuit and found Ibarra easy to spot: He was wearing a zebra-print coat. Johnson said Ibarra was still wearing the coat when he was located in the bed in the apartment.

Ibarra was given a ticket for impeding traffic by being a pedestrian in the roadway and was booked into jail on suspicion of obstructing an officer, residential burglary, resisting arrest. He also had a Department of Corrections warrant and was on probation for a charge of second-degree robbery, Johnson said.

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