Three charged in Aug. 9 residential burglary attempt

SWAT Team members search a house in the Chinquapin neighborhood of Renton. - Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter
SWAT Team members search a house in the Chinquapin neighborhood of Renton.
— image credit: Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

The three mean arrested during a six-hour standoff with members of the Valley SWAT team earlier this month have all been charged with residential burglary.

Andrew Robert Becker, Mohamed Ali Hussein and Abdi M. Wasuge were all arrested Aug. 9 after they were caught leaving - or inside - a home in the Chinquapin neighborhood of Renton and were charged Tuesday with a single count each.

Police on Aug. 9 were dispatched to the neighborhood after a resident reported seeing a man kick in the front door of a residence. Numerous officers responded and observed the suspect vehicle, a white SUV, parked in the driveway with a driver inside.

Police contacted the driver, Wusage, and waited for the two males seen entering the house to leave. Upon exiting, the men saw the scene and ran back in the house.

One of the men was arrested and the other stayed inside the house, which was surrounded by Valley SWAT team members who were training nearby.

Becker, the vehicle's owner, called to report his car had been stolen from the West Hill of Kent and denied being in Renton, but police triangulated his location and he was discovered to be within a block of the burglary. The charging papers saw he worked his way back to the scene and was detained.

He continued to deny being part of the crime until he was identified by one of the other burglars, at which point he admitted his involvement.

The third suspect, Hussein, was eventually found hiding under insulation in the attic of the residence.

Prosecutors are seeking a bail amount of $250,000 for Hussein, 22, who is considered a "substantial flight risk and danger to the community." Hussein is the member of the trio alleged to have stayed in the home for hours after being located by members of the SWAT team. He is presently out on bail for a pending vehicular homicide charge, as well as four other pending misdemeanors. He also has three prior conviction for residential burglary, all in the past three years.

Hussein's criminal history also includes minor in possession of alcohol from 2011, obstructing, driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

The court has requested a bail of $20,000 for Wasuge, 21. Wasuge is the alleged getaway driver of the failed burglary He is also labeled a "flight risk and danger to the community." According to papers, Wusage has two other pending matters, both bench warrants for failure to appear and has a criminal history that includes a 2012 second-degree pending theft and third-degree pending theft, robbery, possession of stolen property, obstructing, malicious mischief, vehicle prowling and criminal trespassing.

The prosecuting attorney has requested bail of $5,000 for Becker, 27. According to the charging papers, Becker burglarized the residence and then lied about his vehicle, labeled "the getaway car" in charging papers, having been stolen to avoid apprehension, but ultimately admitting to being inside the residence.

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