Suspect sought in Edmonds assault, robbery

EDMONDS — Police have identified a two-strike felon as the prime suspect in an assault and robbery in Edmonds on June 11.

Matthew Adam Propst, 28, is wanted for investigation of first-degree robbery, Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh said Tuesday.

Police allege that Propst was one of two men who attacked a woman in the 22900 block of 76th Avenue W. The woman, 29, was punched in the face and her purse was stolen.

The second man was arrested while running from the scene.

Propst is known to stay in the Mountlake Terrace area and south Everett, Marsh said. He also has a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest.

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.

Propst also is classified as an “armed career criminal” by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Marsh said.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 425-771-0200. Anonymous tips can be left at 425-771-0212.

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

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