Man accused of hurling canned beans, tuna at squad car

The suspect yelled down from his eighth-floor apartment that it would take a SWAT team to get him out.

EVERETT — An eighth-floor tenant at a downtown apartment building reportedly grew tired of the noise created by sheriff’s vehicles during shift change.

Witnesses say he took out his wrath with canned food, hurling tins of tuna and refried beans at a patrol car from his lofty perch Thursday.

An employee at Broadway Plaza reported hearing thumping sounds coming from the street near a deputy sheriff’s parked Dodge Challenger. She walked outside to see several cans on Lombard Avenue near the vehicle. She then looked up to see the man, 59, throwing more cans. She told another resident what was happening and that person told the man to stop. He refused, court papers said.

Another witness looked out from her sixth-floor window and observed metal cans dinging the patrol car. She then looked up to the room where they were being thrown.

An Everett police officer was called to investigate.

“The damage markings on the vehicle matched that of the cans surrounding the victim vehicle,” he wrote in paperwork filed with Everett District Court.

As the officer was on Lombard Avenue, the suspect yelled down that it would take a SWAT team to get him out of the apartment. He also threatened to shoot anyone who came through his door.

He later was arrested inside his apartment. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail, a block away from his apartment, for investigation of first-degree malicious mischief.

Damage was believed to exceed $5,000.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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