Shattered glass littered the alleyway next to the Monte Cristo building in Everett after an explosion April 13. (Everett Police Department)

Shattered glass littered the alleyway next to the Monte Cristo building in Everett after an explosion April 13. (Everett Police Department)

Man arrested in explosion at downtown Everett apartments

The blast caused an estimated $3,000 in damage. A resident of the Monte Cristo apartments was booked for arson.

EVERETT — Police have arrested a suspect accused of setting off an explosive last week outside the Monte Cristo apartment building in downtown Everett, shattering windows and causing an estimated $3,000 in damage.

The Everett man, 45, is a resident of the apartments. According to a police report filed in Everett District Court, he allegedly detonated the “improvised explosive device” shortly before 8 p.m. on April 13. He was reportedly seen in security video going into an alley outside the building at 2929 Hoyt Ave. Twelve seconds later in the video, he left. There was an explosion. The man then went inside the apartment building.

No one was injured in the blast, Everett officer Aaron Snell said at the time.

Talking to police Monday, the suspect initially confirmed he was in the alley but denied any part in the explosion.

On Wednesday, Everett police detectives returned to the man’s apartment with a search warrant. The suspect agreed to another interview, at the police department’s north precinct.

This time, he said he set off the explosive, according to court papers. He reported he found it in an abandoned house in Tacoma. He reportedly said he didn’t want to cause any damage or hurt anyone — he just wanted to see how loud it would be.

While searching his apartment, detectives found a 12-gauge shotgun in his bedroom. The man told the detectives it was his and that he bought it in a Monroe parking lot, according to court papers.

As a felon, it’s illegal for him to possess a gun.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree arson, malicious placement of an explosive, malicious mischief and unlawful possession of a firearm.

An Everett detective wrote that the man “showed a willful disregard for the rights of others” by setting off the explosive.

The detective also noted the man was “very cooperative” and expressed remorse.

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