Armed Home Owner Shoots Robber Carrying Crochet Hook

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.

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The resident of the home called 911 to say he had shot the would-be intruder, who was dressed all in black.
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-( KOMO News in Seattle reports this week (8/31) in Washington State a Mountlake Terrace Lake homeowner shot and critically wounded a man who was trying to get into his house through a window. The resident of the home called 911 to say he had shot the would-be intruder, who was dressed all in black.

The wounded man was unresponsive and lying in the street when police arrived early Wednesday morning at the home on 60th Avenue West. Officers used CPR to get a pulse, and he was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he has undergone surgery.

The suspect who was shot was identified as a 27 year old, known to the local police. He carried no identification. Police say he was armed with a crochet hook.

A female companion of the intruder, age 19, drove away from the scene before police arrived. She was found later in North Seattle. Police reported the car she was in when captured and the intruder was in during the incident had been reported stolen in Tukwila, Washington.

The get-a-way driver was unarmed when she was arrested. . She is described in court papers as the homeowner’s niece through marriage. She reportedly told detectives that the pair were looking to steal firearms and other property.

She was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree burglary. The homeowner was not arrested. The investigation is ongoing.


Pretty clearly a good shooting. The time of day was not carried in the reports.

As common, it was a bit of an inside job. The 19 year old female apparently knew the victim and picked out the home for her boyfriend to rob.

Be careful as you can with who knows what valuables you keep in your house.

Also, never bring a crochet hook to a gunfight….

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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so when they lay charges on these two, make sure you add conspiracy to steal firearms. She admitted that intention. Of course, being in Washington and all, I’m certain they had every intention of bringing the firearms to an FFL to perform the state-required (illegally) background check on the “transfer”…… yeah, right. Too bad Mr. Homeowner wasn’t just a touch better at shot placement. Then she’d be up for murder as well. It would suit her just fine. This report does have me wondering how it is the car was identified at the scene, and connected with her getting “contacted”… Read more »


A crochet hook can be used to unlock doors and windows, take it from one who knows,,,being informed is a word to the wise,,,,,,


Sadly the punk is still alive and probably hasn’t learned anything .


Better-than-even likelihood that he has already decided to be better-armed, next time.

David Telliho

With respect, I disagree with the author. Every one with criminal intent should be carrying an inferior weapon.


I wonder if the robber can crochet a bodybag!

Wild Bill

Human Remains Pouch if you read the little label.