Drugs involved in home invasion

By Sara Bruestle | May 09, 2012

Police arrested four men last Monday for investigation of a drug-related, armed home invasion in Mukilteo.

The robbery occurred around 9:30 p.m. at a home near the 9800 block of Marine View Drive on May 1, according to police.

Three suspects pushed their way inside when the homeowner, 44, answered the door, Mukilteo Police spokesperson Cheol Kang said. They looted the home for marijuana and then fled in a car driven by the fourth suspect.

“The resident ended up opening the front door and then the three males forced their way into the house through him,” Kang said.

Several shots were fired during the robbery. No one was hit.

It is not yet known how much marijuana was stolen. Police Chief Rex Caldwell said Monday they are still investigating.

The victim’s daughters and several of her friends arrived home during the robbery. Witnesses said they heard the sound of a gunshot inside the home.

“They saw the suspects making an entry to the home and closing the door,” Kang said. “They tried to get in the house, but someone had locked it from the inside.”

As the suspects were fleeing, one of the daughters started to call 911, but one of the men pointed the gun at her as if to say, “Don’t even think about it,” Kang said.

Another gunshot was fired from the suspect vehicle, a gray Saturn, as it fled the scene.

Officers located the suspect car near Harbour Pointe Boulevard and the Mukilteo Speedway.

The car struck two vehicles waiting at the intersection and kept going. It stopped near the 10500 block of the Mukilteo Speedway, where all four suspects ran into the woods nearby.

“The suspect vehicle drove between the two cars and struck them, and then made a turn going south on the Speedway,” Kang said. “That’s when officers spotted the vehicle. A couple of blocks away, the suspects ditched the car.”

A police dog and officers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helped Mukilteo police track down and apprehend the four suspects.

The victim suffered facial lacerations from being struck with the pistol during the robbery. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released Monday.

No one else was injured.

The homeowner had marijuana as part of what was described as a collective medical marijuana garden, police said.

“He had about 50 starter plants that he would then take to the warehouse where they had their actual garden, and he brought some product back to his house and for distribution,” Caldwell said.

The victim said his garden is not associated with either of the two collective gardens in Mukilteo, Caldwell said.

Detectives issued a search warrant on the suspect’s vehicle and recovered a handgun that they believe was used in the home invasion.

The four suspects, ages, 24, 23, 19 and 18, are all from Kent. They were booked at the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

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