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Washington’s Most Wanted Subject Captured After Committing New Crimes


CONTACT: Lt. David Bowman, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Media line:  425-249-6263

Lake Stevens, WASH. – Sheriff’s deputies arrested a wanted subject featured on Washington’s Most Wanted today after he committed new crimes near here.

About 4:53 PM Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a vehicle theft that had just occurred in the 600 block of Sunnyside Blvd.  On arrival, deputies learned a suspect had tried to steal one vehicle then confronted a homeowner whom he allegedly hit in the head with a stick.  The suspect then stole a second vehicle, the victim’s farm truck, and fled northbound.

A short time later, a deputy located the stolen truck at the Wal-Mart at SR-9 and 64th ST NE.  Deputies searched the area with a K9, assisted by Marysville Police.  While searching the area, a citizen reported a suspicious person matching the suspect’s description who had possibly hidden in the trunk of an unoccupied car in the parking lot.  The deputies located the suspect hiding in the trunk.  The owners of the vehicle did not know him.  The subject was identified as Travis Engelen.  Deputies have been searching for Engelen for outstanding warrants including Escape from Community Custody.

Deputies are investigating Engelen for the crimes which occurred on Sunnyside Blvd.  They are also working with Lake Stevens Police to determine if Engelen was involved in fleeing from another stolen vehicle there earlier in the day.

Engelen has been featured as a person authorities have been searching for on Washington’s Most Wanted.