UW students capture serial intruder




Posted on November 4, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 4 at 6:48 PM

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A notorious thief on University of Washington's Greek Row messed with the wrong house.

At 4:30 Tuesday morning, 44-year old Moises Madrid was tackled by a group of frat brothers at Pi Kappa Phi in the 4500 block of 17th Avenue.

According to court records, Madrid has four previous theft convictions for burglarizing fraternity homes in the area. In fact, this is the second time he was arrested at Pi Kappa Phi. In 2000, fraternity members apprehended him in their basement.

According to fraternity president Bryce Bennett, valuables in the house had been disappearing for three months. Everything from iPods and cash, to change jars and jeans were stolen. Bennett says he was checking the locks on the windows and doors at night, some members were sleeping with their laptops.

Bennett pooled his cash with a few other fraternity brothers to buy a $300 dollar security camera. Two days later, Madrid made his move.

"I was actually watching him on my lap top surveillance when he came to the front door, I saw him push open the door and I turned around and made eye contact," said Bennett.

He dialed 911 and yelled for help, other fraternity brothers jumped into action.

Stephen Heppler and Sean Beighton tackled Madrid before he made his getaway. Seven or eight other members reportedly dog piled on top of the suspect, he was pinned until police arrived.

Heppler wants some of his loot back.

"He stole three pairs of my jeans. I noticed he was about my size, so I hope I get those back."

The fraternity's surveillance video is being used for police evidence.

Madrid was charged with two counts of felony burglary. He is being held on a $150,000 bail.