Everett man arrested for assault in SWAT incident

Suspect broke victim’s nose, barricaded himself in Old Town home
By Brandon Gustafson | May 01, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Officers and SWAT members regroup after arresting Larry Castillo after a standoff in Old Town on April 25. Castillo, seen in the back wearing a blue shirt, is accused of domestic violence.

A typically sleepy Thursday afternoon in Old Town was anything but, as the 900 block of Third Street looked more like a war zone than a residential neighborhood after a man assaulted a woman and barricaded himself in her house, prompting a large SWAT and police response.

The man, 36-year-old Larry Castillo of Everett, was arrested and booked into Snohomish County Jail.

According to probable cause documents, officers received a call at roughly 11 a.m. for an assault.

Mukilteo Police Officer Chris Perisho, who wrote the probable cause document, made contact with the victim, a 44-year-old woman, on the corner of Eighth Drive and Goat Trail Road.

While Perisho spoke with the victim, other officers went to her house on Third Street.

In the document, Perisho said the woman was “visibly upset, shaking, and crying.” She also had visible marks on her face, and her nose was swollen, discolored, and broken, Perisho wrote. Her pinky was also injured during the altercation.

The woman told Perisho that her friend, Castillo, had assaulted her. The woman said Castillo has a history of drug abuse, and she thought he was drunk and high on methamphetamine during the assault.

Perisho received a description of Castillo, and advised fellow officers that he had probable cause for second-degree assault – domestic violence.

The woman told Perisho that she and Castillo are not in a relationship and never have been, and are just friends. She said she tried to help him in the past with his drug abuse, and has allowed him to stay at her house for days at a time. She also said she’d co-signed a car loan with him, and that she gets mail occasionally that has both her name and Castillo’s on it, but that he’s never officially been a roommate.

Shortly after Castillo was arrested, Perisho wrote he learned Castillo and the woman actually had been dating and living together in the Old Town home.

The woman has two children, who were not at the house during the incident, and were at school, the report said. She said Castillo had permission to be in the house that day, but after the assault she told him to leave, which he refused.

Medical aid confirmed the woman had a broken nose, but was unsure if her pinky was broken or sprained. She was transported to a hospital in Mill Creek and released after a few hours.

According to the report, Perisho heard officers over the radio say they saw a man matching Castillo’s description through the house windows “dancing as if high on methamphetamine.” The officers also said he “was making gestures about slitting his throat, wanting police to come inside and get him, and possibly indicating suicide by cop.”

When Perisho arrived at the house on Third Street, he said he saw Castillo open the door and step outside. Perisho said in the report that he recognized Castillo, as he had arrested him March 18 for an assault warrant.

Perisho said he yelled at Castillo to raise his hands and walk away from the home towards the officers, but Castillo refused, reentered the home, and barricaded himself inside.

Mukilteo Police Sgt. Steve Fanning then used a loudspeaker to try and get Castillo out of the home, but he did not comply, the report said.

Due to Castillo’s criminal history and his noncompliance to the officers’ demands, SWAT units from North Sound Regional SWAT were called to the scene, taking command of the situation.

A large SWAT truck was parked directly in front of the home, and multiple SWAT members were in the street in front of the home. Some were stationed behind the house on Fourth Street, and many had large riot shields. Police officers from Kirkland, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Everett, Monroe, and Bothell also assisted at the scene.

One SWAT member used a loudspeaker to try and get Castillo out of the home, but he did not respond. The officer frequently told Castillo that he was under arrest and to come outside, and that he did not want anyone to get hurt.

SWAT members later breached the front door and placed a “drop phone” inside to attempt to talk to Castillo, but he did not answer the calls.

A short while after, SWAT members moved toward the back of the house, and heard a  loud “bang.” Officers and SWAT members entered the house and detained Castillo without incident.

In the report, Perisho said he questioned Castillo about the incident, but Castillo “dodged all my questions, and rambled incoherently about unrelated topics.”

Perisho described Castillo in the report as having “bloodshot” and “watery” eyes. Castillo performed a Breathalyzer test, and he reportedly had .131 percent blood-alcohol content. For context, the legal limit in Washington state for driving under the influence is .08 percent.

Castillo was booked into Snohomish County Jail for second-degree domestic violence, a felony.

In the report under “objections to release,” Castillo was described as likely to fail to appear for further proceedings and to interfere or intimidate with the administration of justice – having committed a crime while another case is pending – and a danger to the community if released. The records said he has an outstanding warrant for a DUI, multiple order violations, and priors for assault and domestic violence.

The heavy police response brought out many onlookers, as one would expect.

At one point, Beacon Editor Brandon Gustafson and a woman who lived nearby were standing near the stop sign at Third Street and Cornelia Avenue, and were instructed to move because they could potentially be in the line of fire. The report said no weapons were involved.

Other residents watched from their windows and decks, or watched from the street from a safe distance away.

Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang applauded the residents and neighbors for being cooperative, noting some couldn’t get to their homes because of the police presence.

“They did a really good job,” he said. “They were understanding and cooperative, which we appreciate.”

 

Larry Castillo was led to a squad car after being detained. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
Officers debrief after the SWAT incident concludes. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
The SWAT incident brought out a large officer turnout from a variety of stations in the area, including North Sound Regional SWAT, which had its truck stationed directly in front of the home Larry Castillo barricaded himself inside. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
Officers moving towards Cornelia Avenue towards the back of the home. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
Larry Castillo shortly after being arrested for domestic assault. Castillo barricaded himself in his girlfriend’s house and would not come outside, despite multiple requests from officers. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
One officer stands next to the large North Sound Regional SWAT truck in front of a home in Old Town. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
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