Table For Two An Ambulance for One-Rooftop Restaurant Burglary
Yakima Police say they arrested a 55-year-old transient after he tried to burglarize a local restaurant. Police say the man tried to lower himself with a rope through a rooftop exhaust vent into the Tea Garden restaurant, 110 S 4th Street at about 7:15AM Monday.
THE MAN WAS WELL KNOWN TO POLICE
Police say instead of lowering himself to the floor with the rope he fell into the restaurant hitting his head on a counter and possibly breaking several ribs.
The owner apparently lives in the back part of the restaurant and was awakened by a crash and called police. Officers arrived and found the man on the floor of the restaurant. He was taken into custody and transferred to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. He was then booked into the Yakima County jail. He's being held on charges of burglary, theft and malicious mischief for the damage to the $3,000 rooftop vent. Capt. Jay Seely says the 55-year-old transient is well known to officers with an extensive criminal history involving drugs and burglaries.
A SEX OFFENDER WAS ARRESTED IN A BURGLARY EARLIER THIS MONTH
Authorities say they arrested a registered sex offender on September 2 after he injured a homeowner during a burglary in the 800 block of Swan Road in Sunnyside. Deputies from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office say after the homeowner was assaulted by the suspect he fled on foot and that's when deputies used a special tool to find the suspect who officers spotted swimming in a nearby canal. Authorities set up a perimeter and used a drone to find the suspect hiding in a tree line. A press release from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office says " The drone operator was able to give the suspect's location to a contact team utilizing K9 Simcoe. The K9 team was able to approach the subject who surrendered and was taken into incident without further incident."
Detectives say the suspect, 47-year-old Jose Martinez Jr. from Sunnyside is no stranger to law enforcement. They say he's a registered sex offender.
He's being held in the Yakima County jail on charges of 2nd degree trespassing, 1st degree Assault, Obstructing, and Resisting Arrest.
Deputies aren't saying how the homeowner was injured as the investigation continues Today.