LYNNWOOD — A Lake Stevens man with gang ties was arrested early Tuesday after he reportedly forced an ex-girlfriend into his car and hit her in the face, breaking her nose, according to court papers.
The suspect, 22, is accused of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. He is a convicted felon and known gang member.
He and the woman, 24, dated for about a year and a half. She lived with him and his parents in Lake Stevens, but moved out about a week ago, according to court documents.
Around 11 p.m. Monday, she was smoking a cigarette outside a Lynnwood home when she noticed the man parked nearby sitting in his car, a white Lincoln Mark 8.
He drove closer and asked for a cigarette. She told him he was not supposed to be there and walked inside.
At some point she dropped her cell phone. When she went back to look it was gone. The suspect called her home phone and said he had it.
She met him outside. The phone was on his passenger seat.
When she opened the door to reach for it, he allegedly lunged at her. She ran away. He got out of the car and chased her, and grabbed her by the arm before she could make it back inside the house, court papers say.
He reportedly forced her inside the car, drove away and pushed a gun to her head.
“I really thought he was going to kill me,” the woman later told a sheriff’s deputy.
The suspect allegedly punched her in the face and broke her nose. At one point he held the gun to her stomach and said, “I already know I’ll be going to prison for this,” according to a police report.
Someone who lives with the woman called his cell phone. He reportedly answered and said, “I’m sorry I didn’t know she couldn’t be out.”
He drove her home. She was not gone longer than 10 minutes, she told the deputy.
Around midnight, a sheriff’s sergeant found the man’s car at a gas station on 128th Street Southwest. He was not in the car but two other people were. They said he was at a house near Silver Lake.
Sheriff’s deputies and Everett police went to the home. The suspect was inside with a man and a woman he did not know. He was apparently invited into the house by another woman who lives there.
The man and woman woke up to the sound of police ordering the suspect to come outside. When one of the people told the man to surrender, he reportedly flashed a gun in his waistband and said they couldn’t leave.
Around 1 a.m., police and sheriff’s deputies got into the house and arrested the suspect. He is being held at the Snohomish County Jail.