7-foot-tall robbery suspect pleads not guilty

EVERETT — A 7-foot-tall Brier man accused using an unsheathed katana sword to threaten an acquaintance in December pleaded not guilty to robbery charges Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Nathaniel James Lucas, 35, was being held in the Snohomish County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The charges stem from a Dec. 22 incident in the 22900 block of 35th Avenue W. in Brier.

Another Brier man, 23, said he was outside of the home when Lucas approached him with the sword.

Lucas allegedly told the man, “Out your pockets, elephant ears!” That’s street slang for ordering someone to empty and turn their pockets inside out.

The victim said he “does not go elephant ears for anyone,” according to a police report.

Lucas then allegedly put the sword to the man’s neck and demanded his jewelry and cash or he would cut off his hands and head. He reportedly took the man’s rings and $120 from his pocket, court papers said.

Lucas also allegedly ordered the man into the house and forced him to sit on the couch. The victim told police that Lucas said several other people were coming over and they were going to beat the man to within an inch of his life.

The victim reportedly convinced Lucas to allow him to call his aunt. He told police he made up a story that he had planned to meet her. In reality, he was using the phone to secretly warn his aunt that he was in trouble. He told her that he didn’t need a ride and was going to play basketball and record some music with the defendant.

At that point, his aunt knew he was in trouble and drove to the home.

The victim said he noticed that Lucas also was armed with a revolver besides the sword, court papers said.

From the driveway, the man’s aunt attempted to phone him several times. Another man came out of the house and told her that her nephew wasn’t there.

She told him she could see the back of her nephew’s head in the window.

The victim soon was released, but Lucas allegedly threatened him to “be smart” and indicated he knew where the man’s aunt lived.

The man called 911.

Lucas was arrested in January after allegedly attempting to run away from Lynnwood police in an unrelated case. He’s being investigated for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug possession.

Police believe Lucas dumped a bag of methamphetamine and a handgun while they were trying to find him.

In an affidavit to establish probable cause, a Lynnwood police officer described Lucas as a gang member with a long criminal history.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

At long last, a church of his own

After years of filling in elsewhere, Hallack Greider is the new pastor at Maplewood Presbyterian.

Judge: Lawmakers’ emails, texts subject to public disclosure

News organizations had sued to challenge the Legislature’s claim that members were exempt.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Outgoing councilwoman honored by Marysville Fire District

The Marysville Fire District in December honored outgoing City Councilwoman Donna Wright… Continue reading

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Number of flu-related deaths in county continues to grow

Statewide, 86 people have died from the flu, most of whom were 65 or older.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Most Read