By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
LYNNWOOD — A community corrections officer hid under her desk for nearly an hour after a man reportedly threatened to blow up a state Department of Corrections office in Lynnwood.
The woman was afraid after David Moyer claimed he was armed with a gun and also toting around a bomb in large bags that he brought Feb. 18 into the office, located on 33rd Avenue W.
Police officers found the woman hiding under a counter next to a broken window. Moyer allegedly had thrown the bags at the reception window, shattering it. The woman crawled toward the officers, who dragged her out of the building.
The threat shut down the office for hours. Moyer disrobed during the standoff. He eventually surrendered, walking out of the building nude with his hands in the air.
There was no bomb in Moyer’s bags, which contained computer accessories and papers.
Once at the city jail, detectives said, Moyer made several comments that didn’t make any sense. They said they suspect he has some mental health issues.
Prosecutors this week charged Moyer with making a bomb threat, a felony.
Moyer, 42, has several felony convictions, mainly for drugs and property crimes.
The Shoreline man reportedly denied making a bomb threat.
He said he told the corrections officers that he had “the bomb” and made reference to the state legalizing marijuana, according to court papers.
Witnesses told police that Moyer walked into the building, identifying himself as an FBI agent and saying he’d killed someone. He reportedly demanded to speak with a community corrections officer he knew by name.
Witnesses said he became upset when someone asked to see his badge. Moyer threw two black bags at the front desk window. He reportedly pointed to the bags and said, “There’s a bomb in here and I have a gun,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Edirin Okoloko wrote in court papers.
Police from Lynnwood and Edmonds and deputies with the sheriff’s office converged on the scene. Bomb technicians used a robot to determine that there wasn’t an explosive in the bags or anywhere in the building.
The incident lasted about five hours.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org