Botched Everett guitar sale may bring robbery charge

EVERETT — A robbery involving a guitar could leave a frequent felon singing the jail house blues.

The suspect, 39, was arrested Sunday for investigation of first-degree robbery.

Police believe the parolee tagged along with another man and a woman when they went to an Everett home early Saturday. His acquaintance was thinking about buying a guitar from a man living at a home in the 2100 block of Cleveland Avenue, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.

Once inside, the suspect allegedly got physical with the man living at the home and told the woman to grab the guitar and scram.

“I don’t think it was very well thought out,” Snell said.

The victim followed the trio to a car outside. That’s where the man who had intended on buying the guitar gave it back with an apology.

He later bought the instrument and added extra money for the man’s troubles, Snell said.

“I would be surprised if he was involved in it,” Snell said.

The guitar’s sale and the buyer’s goodwill didn’t let the suspect off the hook.

The victim was able to pick the robber’s mugshot from a photo montage.

The following day, the suspect was arrested by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office after a Marysville-area barista reported someone acting suspiciously near her stand, Snell said.

The suspect was arrested Oct. 26, on a state Department of Corrections parole violation warrant, according to Snohomish County Jail booking records.

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

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