Robbery suspect may face murder charges

EVERETT — Detectives expect to recommend first-degree murder charges against an Everett man in connection with the robbery and beating death of a 91-year-old man outside a gas station in August.

The victim, Harold Caywood, died Oct. 4, about six weeks after he was mugged.

Caywood’s death remains under investigation but has been ruled a homicide, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said Wednesday.

Detectives are wrapping up the case and expect to send it to prosecutors soon, Snell said. They had been waiting for the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine what caused Caywood’s death.

Patrick Hartness, 26, remains at the Snohomish County Jail, where he’s been held since August.

Police allege that he attacked Caywood while the older man was walking into a south Everett store to pay for gas. Caywood was punched with brass knuckles, knocked down and robbed.

In September, Hartness was charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the case.

Snohomish County prosecutors Wednesday said they had not seen the final report from the medical examiner. Once they do, they will review the results and discuss whether to amend the charges against Hartness.

Hartness also is suspected in about six burglaries in Snohomish and King counties, all of which targeted older people, Snell said Wednesday.

Investigators believe Hartness identified people in their 80s and 90s to steal their checks and credit cards. In at least one case, he allegedly posed as a maintenance worker to get inside a victim’s home.

Caywood’s family has described the Silver Lake man as tireless and industrious. He served time in the Wyoming National Guard and took up jewelry-making after his wife died.

Reporter Diana Hefley contributed to this story.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

In adult court, four teens plead not guilty to murder

Prosecutors allege they worked together to plan and execute a drug robbery in Everett.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

One dead in crash south of Granite Falls

Two cars collided near the intersection of N. Lake Roesiger Road and Hidden Valley Road.

Losing Mill Creek candidate wants to be declared the winner

Carmen Fisher sued to get the council seat now vacated by incumbent Sean Kelly, who lives elsewhere.

Most Read