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SWAT Team Responds to Assault in Arlington


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 6, 2017


CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263


ARLINGTON, Wash. – On Sunday, the Region 1 SWAT Team responded to an assault call in Arlington at approximately 9:30 p.m. A 38 year-old Arlington man was arrested after assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend.

The two were visiting a friend when the suspect became increasingly angry before striking his girlfriend in the face. He then left their friend’s residence alone and returned approximately 30 minutes later with a .22 caliber rifle and threatened to kill the victim. When the victim later returned home to their shared residence in the Whitehorse neighborhood, the 38 year-old suspect came around the side of the house with an axe and allegedly shoved the victim backwards as she tried to walk into their residence. The victim fled the residence and called 911. When the SWAT Team arrived they tried to contact the male using a PA system. When he did not respond, they then deployed “flash bangs” near the bedroom window. The suspect continued to be unresponsive, so SWAT team members breached the bedroom window. The suspect gave himself up without any further incident. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for 2nd degree assault - domestic violence. The .22 caliber rifle was not located.