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Suspect arrested in string of early morning burglaries

Published On: Jul 23 2013 06:59:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2013 08:27:17 PM CDT
Home burglarized on Olive Lane
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Jason Jones was arrested for a string of home burglaries around 2:45 Tuesday morning after breaking into two homes in the 17600 block of East Alki Road.

In fact, while police were en-route he began breaking into another home on Olive Lane where he was eventually arrested.

 At one of the homes Jones, 28, broke into the homeowner and her fiancé were asleep in their bedroom, realized someone was in their home and armed themselves.

"My fiancé grabbed his gun, I grabbed my phone, I called 9-1-1 and said somebody has just entered our home. We are armed, he is in the kitchen," Celestia Leos said.

Leos then asked the 9-1-1 operator what to do next.

"If he comes into our bedroom what option do we have. She said if he comes into your bedroom you do have the right to protect yourself," Leos recalled

Leos and her fiancé were hoping it wouldn't come to that but it didn't. Deputies arrived shortly after and scared him away, but he didn't leave empty handed.

"At that time it didn't look like anything had been taken but we were just kind of still in shock," Leos said. "We walked out the front door and all my purse belongings, everything, was just scattered down the road."

Police found Jones at another home that was unoccupied. He broke out a window on a car parked in front of the residence.

"Timing was everything," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said. "We had a city K-9 in the area assisting us with a separate call so that timing was perfect, we were able to deploy the dog."

Chamberlin said it was clear Jones was intoxicated, but a bite from the K-9 didn't faze him.

"It didn't really have much effect so we had to deploy a taser and at that point we were able to take him into custody," Chamberlin said, adding that the special training deputies receive to deal with these situations paid off.

"We have to get him into custody and the number one thing after that is to have medics make sure that that person is treated and transported to the hospital if need be," Chamberlin said.

Jones was treated for his injuries during his struggle with police and will be charged with three counts of residential burglary, one count of malicious mischief and one count of resisting arrest.