EVERETT — A suspect wanted for investigation of rape was arrested Tuesday morning after he barricaded himself for several hours in a motel room just south of Everett.
A woman, 21, fled the hotel early Tuesday, then called 911 to report she’d been sexually assaulted, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. She was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett with injuries that were reportedly not life-threatening.
Officers arrived at the Motel 6 at 224 128th Street SW at 5:50 a.m. to arrest the suspect, 32, of Lakewood in Pierce County, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said. He has a criminal history, O’Keefe said.
The man remained barricaded for hours.
The SWAT team arrived at the motel around 10:15 a.m. The suspect stayed in the room with the blinds closed. A negotiator spoke through a megaphone, telling the man he was under arrest and ordering him to exit the room. Police believed he was armed with a knife.
With the motel surrounded by SWAT, the man opened the door, put his hands behind his head and kneeled for a moment. He then tried to run away. Police fired pepper balls at him — a munition that is considered less-lethal — and he collapsed to the ground.
He was expected to be taken to a hospital for medical clearance before being booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree rape.
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