ARLINGTON — A Marysville man survived a frightening encounter Saturday after he confronted a stranger who appeared to be breaking into a vehicle.
The suspected car prowler was armed and reportedly shot at the Marysville man.
The incident unfolded just after 1 a.m. near E. First Street and N. Dunham Avenue in Arlington. A 35-year-old Marysville man reported that he spotted a couple of car prowlers. The man confronted the pair about their late night activities in the neighborhood. That’s when the suspected thief pulled out a handgun.
He fired at the victim, but missed, Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said. The suspects ran off after the gunfire.
Officers from Arlington, Marysville and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office swarmed the area. An Everett police officer and his canine partner also joined the hunt.
The dog picked up the suspect’s trail and found the man a few blocks away, hiding in some bushes near Presidents Elementary School on E. Third Street. He was arrested without incident.
The man, 31, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault with a firearm and vehicle prowl. The suspect was already wanted for failing to report to his community corrections officer.
Officers weren’t able to find the man’s accomplice or the gun Saturday.
The pair are suspects in multiple vehicle break-ins, Banfield said. They also are suspected of stealing mail from numerous houses in the north end of Arlington before the shooting.
Arlington police are continuing to investigate the case.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; email@example.com.