Police standoff forces home evacuation

LYNNWOOD – Several people were evacuated from their homes late Wednesday while police tried to convince an armed man to surrender and not harm himself.

A woman called police about 11:10 p.m. to report a domestic dispute involving her boyfriend and his mother and stepfather on 37th Place W., according to Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.

Police arrived to find the stepfather locked in an upstairs bedroom, she said. When officers tried to speak with the man, he allegedly opened the door and had an assault rifle held to his chin, Sessions said. Officers backed out of the house, evacuated neighbors and called for the South Snohomish County SWAT team.

The man called 911 and asked to speak with the person in charge, Sessions said. Police negotiators talked to the man for at least two hours. At one point officers heard a gunshot, she said. The man called to 911 to report that he wasn’t shot. He came out of the house just before 3 a.m.

He had some minor injuries. No one else was hurt.

The man was arrested and booked into jail.

Marysville: Two arrested in robbery

Two people were arrested Thursday after a 74-year-old man was knocked down and robbed after he got some cash at an ATM machine, police said.

The Lynnwood man was counting money he’d just withdrawn at the Bank of America on the corner of State Avenue and 4th Street at about 11:30 a.m., Marysville police Cmdr. Ralph Krusey said.

A Bellingham man, 26, allegedly tried to grab the money and pushed the older man to the ground, he said.

The younger man jumped into a car driven by a woman and fled, Krusey said. Witnesses gave police the vehicle registration information.

Police tracked the getaway car to a home near 74th Street and Grove Street where the man and a woman, a Marysville resident, 32, were arrested without incident at about 11:35 a.m.

The couple was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree robbery, Krusey said.

Mill Creek: Fire damages mobile home

A fire badly damaged a mobile home Thursday, officials said.

Crews were called to the 3600 block of Seattle Hill Road just before 11 a.m., Snohomish County Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Bill Wirtz said.

A passerby saw flames coming from the mobile home parked down a long driveway near an open-air barn, he said.

Firefighters quickly put down the fire and prevented the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings and cars, Wirtz said.

It appears the fire was an accident, he said. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.

From Herald staff reports

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