Seattle Police found a vacant Capitol Hill home had been taken over by squatters earlier this week after a call from neighbors who noticed “a new broken window” and a light on inside the vacant 13th Ave E home.
Only one arrest was documented. A woman removed from the house was arrested for drug possession and investigation of burglary. Officers found a small bag of what was determined to be marijuana and a separate bag containing methamphetamine residue in the woman’s pocket. Multiple people were seen inside the house but officers could not be sure they had completely flushed the residence because of “multiple safety concerns” that prevented attic access.
According to the SPD report, a neighbor told police the house in the 600 block of 13th Ave E has been empty since 2010 and had been on the market. Efforts to contact the real estate agent by SPD during the Monday night incident were not successful.
After calling for the people seen inside to come out for more than 10 minutes, an officer entered the home through a broken window, the report states. Inside, the officer found the squatters had used pieces of wood to bar the house’s doors, “a common attempt to trick police into thinking the house was secure” according to the report.
Officers entering the house found the woman attempting to hide under a pile of blankets and sleeping bags but could not locate any of the additional people seen from the outside.