GRANITE FALLS — A Snohomish County man reportedly was abducted and held captive Thursday by his girlfriend and her husband.
The 28-year-old victim told police he was locked inside a car, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint, and left alone in the woods near the Mountain Loop Highway. The incident reportedly was fueled by an argument between he and his girlfriend earlier that day.
The pair had been dating about six months and were living together in a tent near south Everett, according to a probable cause affidavit. The woman, 28, was married to someone else.
For some reason, the woman, her husband and the victim all traveled together to a Granite Falls home in a Chrysler PT Cruiser on Thursday. Once they arrived, the woman and her boyfriend began arguing. He accused her of stealing the car from someone who had paid her for sex.
She and her husband drove away, leaving the boyfriend behind. He walked into town, stashing his backpack in the woods along the way, he told police. His backpack was too heavy to carry.
The woman later called the boyfriend and said she wanted to reconcile, according to court documents. They met at a gas station and traveled to a nearby park. When they arrived, the husband and another man emerged from nearby bushes.
Those men got into the PT Cruiser and the doors were locked. The victim reportedly was punched and shocked with an electronic stun gun, according to court documents. One person reportedly pistol whipped him and stuck the gun in his mouth.
The suspects then went looking for the man’s backpack off the Mountain Loop Highway. They left him in the woods, taking his clothes and his backpack.
The victim walked to the road and flagged down a passerby. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a shattered eye socket, a broken nose and a jaw fracture, police said.
The PT Cruiser was spotted the next day, parked south of Granite Falls. The woman and her husband were inside. Police arrested them and tracked down the third suspect shortly after.
All three were booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of robbery, kidnapping and assault.
Caitlin Tompkins: 425-339-3192; firstname.lastname@example.org.