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Post Falls Police: 'Masked bandit' trying to break into home resists arrest, runs off into woods

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Post Falls Police say a bandit is still on the loose after resisting arrest during a burglary call. 

Late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning a Post Falls resident reported a "suspicious individual" trying to get into her house through a basement window. 

A Post Falls Police sergeant responded to the woman's home and found a "black masked burglar hiding in a window well." 

"The bandit refused to comply with all verbal commands and indicated by his behavior and unintelligible snarling he had no plans of giving up without a fight," the department wrote on their Facebook page. 

The sergeant offered the bandit a ladder if he surrendered peacefully, but the bandit refused. 

The situation escalated. 

"A second sergeant was summoned so that between the two sergeants they would have the collective IQ of one competent patrol officer; also everyone knows two supervisors are better than one," the department said. 

Eventually, a plan was formed to take the bandit into custody using a net and catch pole. It wasn't as easy as it sounds, as the suspect came out "kicking, biting, and snarling unintelligible threats" as he "actively resisted arrest." 

Once the bandit was out of the window well, it was quickly realized there was no plan for detaining the bandit once he was free. 

"Without a set of handcuffs small enough the sergeants were afraid they might lose a finger(s) or contract rabies if they attempted to restrain the bandit as he fought fiercely to get free so they decided it was in everyone’s best interest to turn him loose," the department said.

The bandit was last seen sprinting into the nearby woods. 

"This bandit is still on the loose in the Highlands so please lock up your cat food," Post Falls Police warned.

For public safety, the department had their forensic artist develop a promising sketch of the bandit. If you see him, be careful. 

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