SWAT incident occurred over $200

Suspect held on bail, is schizophrenic
By Brandon Gustafson | Jul 18, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Police vehicles line 60th Avenue West. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, as well as members of the North Sound Metro SWAT team, assisted the Mukilteo Police Department with a domestic issue Wednesday night.

A man arrested for a domestic violence incident that resulted in heavy SWAT and police presence in Mukilteo last week told officers he is schizophrenic and, because of that, will go into “homicidal rages.”

Police arrived at a house on the 5800 block of 94th Street Southwest late Wednesday evening to find the suspect’s mother, 59, and her boyfriend outside holding paper towels on her arms and neck to stop bleeding.

According to court records, the suspect, 20, had arrived home from vacation on Monday, July 9, and his mother was laying down ground rules for him.

The suspect reportedly texted his mother that he wanted his $200 in Social Security money, but she told him the money was being saved for a later date.

The suspect then allegedly went upstairs and yelled at his mother, which turned physical when he began punching her in the face and slamming her head against a bed frame.

The mother tried calling 911, but the suspect allegedly took the phone out of her hand and broke it.

The suspect allegedly began trying to stab her, resulting in knife lacerations on her neck and forearms. She also had defensive wounds on her hands from when she tried to grab the knife from him.

She was able to escape the room and run outside where her boyfriend called 911.  She was transported to Evergreen Hospital.

Police arrived at the house just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, and were on-scene until roughly 7 a.m. Thursday.

The situation resulted in responses from K9 units, multiple police agencies such as Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mill Creek police departments, and the North Sound Metro SWAT team.

Mukilteo Crime Prevention Officer Myron Travis told media during the incident that they were using “non-lethal methods,” such as flash-bang grenades, to try to get the suspect to leave the house.

This caused a stir in the neighborhood, with residents frequently rushing from their houses to see what was happening.

Travis originally told reporters they had reason to believe the suspect was still inside the house, as they thought TV and radio volumes were increasing, but after a room-by-room raid of the house by SWAT members, the search came up empty.

Mukilteo PD put out a release at 7:10 a.m. that the suspect was not located.

Just three hours later, the Mukilteo Police Department put out a new press release saying the suspect was found and arrested near 94th Street Southwest and 60th Avenue West.

Travis said the suspect was apparently heading back to the house when officers found him.

Upon his arrest, the suspect admitted he had an argument with his mother, but didn’t remember the altercation getting physical.

He told officers he is schizophrenic and will occasionally go into “homicidal rages.”

After obtaining warrants, officers searched the house and found a broken telephone and signs of an altercation in the kitchen.

The suspect, who had no prior felonies, was arrested for the investigation of first-degree assault domestic violence and interference with the reporting of domestic violence.

An Everett District Court judge set his bail at $100,000 last Friday

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