A man discovered in a house's chimney has been charged with attempted residential burglary, according to documents filed today in King County Superior Court.
On February 19 just after 7:00 p.m., according to documents filed by prosecutors, 22-year-old Shon Shanell allegedly attempted to enter a Seward Park home through the chimney, but got stuck on the way down. Seattle Police and firefighters were alerted to the scene to investigate someone who was, records say, "stuck inside the fireplace chimney and yelling for help."
Shanell apparently placed a chair on top of the home's air conditioning unit to climb onto the roof. "Shanell entered [the home] with the intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein," prosecutors charge, "and remained unlawfully in the dwelling." After the fire department retrieved Shanell from the chimney (damaging it in the process), according to the charging documents, Shanell stated that he had entered the dwelling (the chimney) at around noon—meaning he had allegedly remained in the chimney for around SEVEN HOURS.
Shanell, who has had 14 warrants out for his arrest since 2005, is being held on $100,000 bail.