Men charged with theft; unlawful alcohol consumption after water rescue at Houghton Beach Park

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Kirkland residents reported hearing people on Lake Washington at Kirkland’s Houghton Beach Park yelling, possibly for help, at approximately 10:51 p.m. on June 1. Kirkland Police Officers arrived and heard two male subjects in the water and the Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) initiated a water rescue.

One of the men, who initially overturned in a kayak, swam to a buoy about 100 feet off shore where he was rescued and towed to shore. The second subject could no longer be heard.

KFD rescue swimmers began to search for him near the last known point of his location. The water search was conducted for about one hour. Reporting witnesses told first responders that they believed the second subject was out of the water and left the scene.

Approximately one hour later, a 911 caller reported someone running through their backyard and feared it was a burglar. Kirkland K-9 Unit located a male subject hiding, whose clothes were soaked and he was identified as the second male subject.

The subject rescued from the water was treated and released at the scene. The second subject found by K-9 was transported to the local hospital for treatment of injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed that the two male suspects, both 18, allegedly stole a kayak from the Houghton Beach Park vendor who rents kayaks and paddleboards. The subject rescued from the water was charged with third degree theft, “Minor in consumption” (MIC) of alcohol and being in a city park after hours and with alcohol. The subject found by K-9 was charged with third degree theft, first degree trespassing, MIC and being in a city park after hours and with alcohol. A third subject was charged with MIC and being in a city park after hours.

The Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol, Mercer Island Marine Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the response of this incident.

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