Fugitive wanted in possible 3-strikes case caught

EVERETT — A fugitive who could spend the rest of his life in prison was tracked to an apartment in Pierce County where he was arrested Monday.

Police began searching for Matthew Adam Propst, 28, after a woman reported being attacked and robbed by two men June 11. The incident occurred in the 22900 block of 76th Avenue W. The other man, 29, was arrested that day as he ran away.

The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force nabbed Propst in Lakewood.

The person he was staying with did not know he was on the lam, police said.

Propst reportedly had asked an acquaintance to find him a place stay.

“The task force had obtained information that Propst was hiding in an apartment of someone he didn’t even know in the City of Lakewood in Pierce County,” Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh said.

“It was kind of a friend of a friend sort of thing,” Marsh said. “I’m guessing they weren’t really happy when they found out.”

Propst was arrested for investigation of first-degree robbery.

He’s accused of entering a woman’s car June 11, telling her to open the trunk and warning her, “Don’t do anything stupid.”

She attempted to drive forward, but was restrained.

That’s when Propst alledgedly punched her in the face and mouth more than once before she escaped. Propst also is accused of stealing her purse and her iPad tablet.

If he’s convicted of robbery, Propst likely will be sentenced to prison for the remainder of his life under the state’s three strikes law.

Propst last made headlines in 2010, when he used mace to attack a man who walked in on him while he was breaking into the victim’s home.

After the attack, police found Propst hiding in a large yard waste recycling bin.

He later pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The firearm conviction came because he already was a felon, and was banned from having guns.

Propst in 2004 pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Andrew Russell Olsen, 19, of Lynnwood.

Propst and other young people had been drinking at an apartment in Lynnwood when the shooting occurred. Witnesses told police an intoxicated Propst started pointing the shotgun in Olsen’s direction. Multiple people at the apartment had been messing around with the gun at the time, including the victim.

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

More in Local News

Man suspected of robbing Rite Aids

Mill Creek police released a sketch Monday evening of the suspect.

Police looking for Lynnwood bank robber

The robber did not flash a weapon to the teller at a U.S. Bank.

Here’s how much property taxes will rise to pay for schools

The owner of a $350,000 home is looking at a property-tax hike of nearly $300 this year.

Everett man accused of causing his baby’s brain damage

He told police he shook his son to get him to stop crying, and the boy slipped out of his hands.

At one point she dropped out; now she’s graduation-bound

Anita Bradford-Diaz has had her share of setbacks, but they only seem to increase her motivation.

Employee threats caused lockdown at Arlington elementary

Arlington Police said all students and staff were.

Residents are helping turn Casino Road in a new direction

An initiative backed by a $700,000 grant goes to the community for solutions to the area’s challenges.

With an immigrant’s help, kids reach out to Filipino children

Marysville students drew and sent portraits. Thanks to a video, they got to see the reaction.

Live in Edmonds? Hate speeders?

Edmonds has $35,000 to address local residents’ concerns about speeding in their… Continue reading

Most Read