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Man says he used mace in burglary

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By Diana Hefley
Herald Writer
EVERETT — A Mountlake Terrace man is facing more than three years in prison after admitting that he attacked an Edmonds homeowner during a burglary in October.
Matthew Propst, 26, admitted Wednesday that he used mace to attack a man who walked in on him while he was breaking into the victim’s home.
The assault happened after the man chased Propst down, tackled him and put him in a headlock, court papers said.
Propst escaped the man’s hold and rode off on a bicycle. Police later found him hiding in a large yard waste recycling bin.
Propst also admitted Wednesday that he illegally possessed a gun in June. He was prohibited from having guns after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter for the accidental shooting death of Andrew Olsen in 2003.
Police arrested Propst in June after he returned to pick up a car stereo and two assault rifles stolen from an Everett home.
While police were investigating the burglary, neighbors called to report finding stolen property hidden under their rhododendron bush. Police retrieved the items.
A short time later, the neighbor called police again. This time they reported seeing two men park outside their house, search under their rhododendron and then drive off.
They gave police a license plate number for the suspect vehicle. Police found the car and arrested Propst. Officers found a stolen pistol and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Propst pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463;
Story tags » EdmondsEverettProsecutionBurglary

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