The King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against a Seattle man alleged to have burglarized a Queen Anne home while the residents were inside on Sept. 24.

Officers responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue West after the homeowner called 911 around 8:30 p.m. to report seeing a man walking away from her basement door. She’d heard the door handle being jiggled as she was putting her son to bed, according to a police report.

Officers located and arrested 40-year-old Joseph S. Knott outside the Bartell store on Queen Anne Avenue North. The victim was brought out and, according to the report, positively identified Knott as the man who had attempted to enter her home. Her husband was also brought out to identify Knott as possibly being involved in a separate burglary attempt at their home on Sept. 7, but he said Knott was not the same suspect in that case, according to the police report.

A bag Knott is alleged to have been carrying, but dropped when he saw police arrived, was found to contain checkbooks belonging to the Queen Anne couple, as well as an Amazon Echo and thumb drive that had also been in the basement.

Knott had two court appearances last week, and on Friday he was charged with residential burglary. He is set for arraignment on Thursday, Oct. 10. He was still in custody as of press time.

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A Seattle man with an extensive criminal history of residential and commercial burglaries is accused of attempting to break into a Queen Anne home on Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue West after the homeowner called 911 around 8:30 p.m. to report a man attempting to open her front door.

She told officers the suspect, a white man wearing a backward baseball cap, had also attempted to enter her home through the backdoor.

“[The victim] advised that she could see and hear him trying the door from her sons room directly above the backdoor,” according to a police report.

Officers located and arrested 40-year-old Joseph S. Knott outside the Bartell store on Queen Anne Avenue North. The victim was brought out and, according to the report, positively identified Knott as the man who had attempted to enter her home.

A judge found probable cause to hold Knott for attempted residential burglary and residential burglary, and his bond was set at $10,000. He will have a second appearance at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in King County Jail Courtroom 1.

He is currently still in custody, and the Seattle Police Department objected to his release in the police report due to an “extensive history of Burglary.”

Knott was arrested in November 2017 for breaking into the Set Salon in Belltown, after an alarm was tripped. An officer found a shattered window on the alley side of the business and Knott standing inside. He pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in January 2018, and was sentenced to 27 days in jail with credit for time served. He was also ordered to pay restitution and placed under community custody for 12 months.