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John Urquhart

Detectives find fugitive hiding under house


A man wanted for trafficking in stolen property spent seven hours in a cramped crawlspace attempting to avoid arrest. Detectives located the male while serving a search warrant at a vacant house.


On Saturday, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives found a wanted man hiding in a crawlspace under a house in unincorporated Kent.  The 50 yr old Auburn man, wanted for trafficking in stolen property, spent seven hours in the fetal position hoping the police wouldn’t find him. 


On Saturday afternoon, detectives investigating possibly stolen property at a vacant house near 30600 155 Pl SE applied for a warrant to search the house.  While the warrant application was being written and reviewed, police remained at the house.   After about seven hours, the warrant was granted and detectives began searching.  When detectives checked the crawlspace under the house, they located the wanted subject curled up underneath the far side of the house.  He had been under the house since police first arrived in the afternoon.  He was brought out of the crawlspace and arrested for a $20,000 KC Superior Court warrant.


The male was the same that had previously eluded arrest from members of the KCSO TAC 30 Unit (SWAT) on Wednesday at a house in the same neighborhood.  He was booked in to King County Jail late Saturday night.