Edmonds police say a rash of car burglaries during a church service Sunday led them to two hotel rooms on Highway 99 with a large amount of stolen property inside. A man who reportedly barricaded himself in the motel bathroom and threatened to kill police officers was eventually arrested without incident.
Edmonds officers were originally dispatched at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, July 28, to the Korean Church, 8500 block of 238th St. SW, where several cars had been broken into while people were attending church.
An officer at the church spoke with a witness who had gone to the home of one of the victims after seeing that their car had been broken into. While at the home the witness observed an open garage door and a male fleeing from the residence carrying something. The officer obtained a description of the subject and went to the victim’s residence which was not very far from the church.
The suspect was described as a “white male but darker skinned, late 20’s to early 30’s, with a shaved head, approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall and about 200 lbs, wearing a Seahawks jersey. Once at the victim’s residence, the officer obtained additional information and alerted other officers. Shortly afterward, an officer spotted a suspect matching that description a few blocks away. The suspect continued to flee on foot but dropped a backpack which contained some of the victim’s property from the burglary. A K9 track was attempted but the suspect was able to elude capture at the time.
Edmonds Police officers and detectives developed information that led them to a motel in the 22100 block of SR 99 in Edmonds. Search warrants were served on two different rooms related to this crime and a large amount of property was recovered.
A male suspect who had barricaded himself in a bathroom and had threatened to kill any police officer who entered was arrested after a brief standoff. The suspect, a 30-year-old Everett resident, was arrested for death threats and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing with additional charges and arrest to be expected.
The Edmonds Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the recovered property along with locating additional victims. The suspect(s) are believed to have been very active in the south Snohomish County and King County Shoreline areas.
Click here for a link to photos of the recovered items which include jewelry, electronics including phones, and sports cards. Anyone recognizing any property is asked to call Detective Andy Mehl at 425-771-1780.