Tables turned in Monroe burglary attempt

MONROE — A Sultan man tangled with the wrong night watchman at a Monroe business last month.

James Mellett, 52, told the cops he was too overweight and too slow to escape the strong grip of a man guarding a Monroe masonry business, court papers said. Police found Mellett unconscious, hog-tied and lying in a pool of blood on Feb. 27.

A battered night watchman told police he turned the tables on Mellett and another would-be burglar after they struck him with clubs. He wrestled the weapons from his attackers and doled out some punishment of his own, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Chris Dickinson said.

Mellett hit the dirt first.

“Seeing his comrade was no longer in the fight, the second attacker ran away into the night,” Dickinson wrote.

Mellett was charged on Friday with first-degree burglary. He was being held on $20,000 bail. He has a long criminal history, dating back to the 1980s.

The second man was arrested the day of the burglary after a police dog found him. Prosecutors haven’t yet filed charges against him.

Investigators believe Mellett and his buddy broke into the closed-down building to steal copper wire from machinery. The property owner had hired security after metal thieves repeatedly pilfered the building, scrounging for whatever had value.

The security guard told police he heard a noise around 4 a.m., rose from his chair and was hit on the head. He was struck multiple times before he was able to snag the weapons from the attackers, court papers said.

Mellett was trussed up with zip-ties when police arrived. After he regained consciousness, he first lied to cops about the name of his accomplice, according to court papers. Police were able to easily confirm that man’s alibi: He’s in prison. He eventually gave up his buddy, Dickinson wrote.

An officer later spotted a muddy and wet man walking near downtown Snohomish. The man ran from the officer. He shimmied under a shed on Pearl Avenue. That’s where a sheriff’s dog found him. He denied knowing anything about a burglary.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

Jogger unharmed after fending off attacker in Edmonds

Police released video of a man they believe to be the attacker.

Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Darrington School Board dealing with upheavals

The crux of the controversy seems to be the superintendent’s job.

Alaska Airlines has selected destinations for new service from Paine Field. (Alaska Airlines)
Alaska Airlines will fly from Everett to 8 West Coast cities

Two destinations that didn’t make the list were Spokane and Hawaii.

Three teens arrested for Marysville school vandalism

Windows were broken and a trash bin was on fire Sunday night at a Marysville middle school.

Langley mayor threatens newspaper with lawsuit

The mayor threatened to sue the paper over claims he withheld public records disclosure information.

Divers called to recover body after train hits pedestrian

The accident was reported by a BNSF crew near Woods Creek in Monroe.

Katharine Graham, then CEO and chairwoman of the board of The Washington Post Co., looks over a copy of The Daily Herald with Larry Hanson, then The Herald’s publisher, during her visit to Everett on Sept. 20, 1984. The Washington Post Co. owned The Herald from 1978 until 2013. (Herald archives)
A local connection to history

Retired Herald publisher Larry Hanson remembers The Post’s Katharine Graham, who visited several times.

Most Read