SNOHOMISH — A Lake Stevens man in a mask waited for hours outside an ex-girlfriend’s house with a .38-caliber revolver, according to a probable cause statement filed in court Tuesday.
The young woman and her new boyfriend were startled around noon Monday, when they walked outside onto a back porch at a home near Snohomish, to find a masked man under the porch. The woman ran inside to grab a baseball bat. Eventually they figured out it was her ex, 26, whom she had dated for about five years. He handed over a gun to them, and they called for police.
The ex-boyfriend told a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy he arrived at the home when it was dark. (Sunrise was at 7:30 a.m.) He just wanted to talk with the woman, according to a report.
He said he had been waiting in the dark under a tree with a spring-loaded baton, his mother’s .38 Special handgun and four rounds of ammo in his breast pocket. He claimed he’d brought the gun for protection and that he often openly carries a firearm. His ex-girlfriend told deputies he’d never carried a gun, except to hunt.
The couple had broken up about a month earlier. When he learned she was seeing someone new, he looked up the boyfriend on Facebook and sent messages about how the woman is “crazy,” according to the probable cause statement.
After the breakup, the woman changed her phone number more than once, but the ex-boyfriend kept figuring out ways to get her new number, according to her report.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested the man for investigation of felony stalking.
Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snocaleb.