An overnight crime spree in Elma has a Shelton man facing a lot of charges.
According to the Elma Police Department, the 37-year-old faces multiple burglary charges, two assault charges and more after a 25-minute crime spree where he reportedly kicked in the doors of several houses while armed with an assault rifle and later fought with officers who were arresting him.
About 3 a.m. Tuesday, Elma Police officers were sent to the 1700 block of West Main Street after a burglary was reported in progress. McCleary and Montesano police officers and Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to the scene, according to a release from Elma Police, where the homeowner said the front door had been kicked in.
As officers were investigating the scene, a second burglary was reported on the 100 block of North Ninth Street, where the front door also was reportedly kicked in. The second homeowner reported that the subject pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at him.
As the second investigation was going on, a third burglary was reported on the 600 block of West Young Street.
A responding Elma police officer said he saw a man holding a rifle east of the site of the third burglary. The officer pointed his weapon at the man and ordered him to show his hands, the release states. The man did not cooperate and fled between vehicles parked nearby.
As officers were trying to surround the area, a fourth burglary was reported on the 500 block of West Waldrip Street. The reporting party at the fourth burglary believed the suspect was still inside, and officers prepared to search the home with the use of a K-9.
A fifth burglary was then reported on the 300 block of South Fourth Street, where the victim told officers an armed man stole the keys to a vehicle.
Responding officers found the suspect in the driveway of the fifth house, and “it took several officers to take him into custody,” the release states. An AK-47 was found in a vehicle. A loaded magazine was inserted in the rifle and a round was in the chamber, police said. It was found later that the man was not permitted to possess firearms.
During the arrest, the suspect received an abrasion. He was transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center, where he became combative and injured at least two Elma officers, police said.
The suspect faces five charges of first-degree burglary, a first-degree robbery charge, and first- and third-degree assault charges, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held in the Grays Harbor County jail.
Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Elma Police Department at 360-482-3131.