Woman arrested after standoff may have gang ties, police say

MARYSVILLE — Police noticed something unusual when they interviewed a woman after a two-hour standoff over the weekend.

She had the words “South” and “Side” tattooed where they would expect to find eyebrows.

Marysville police say the words are a reference to a street gang.

They also believe she could be affiliated with a Chehalis-based street gang, according to court records.

Police on Saturday received reports that the woman, 26, had pointed an assault-style rifle at her ex-boyfriend, police said. The man and woman have a child, 3, who was in the apartment at the time of the incident, according to court records.

The man, 21, told police she hit him in the face and chest when he returned from an outing, according to court papers. That’s when she allegedly pointed the loaded rifle at his chest and said, “I ought to kill you,” police wrote in an affidavit to establish probable cause for her arrest.

The man eventually was able to leave the apartment with the child.

The woman initially refused police commands to come outside, officials said.

Marysville Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said Tuesday that patience and extensive training helped police diffuse the situation.

“We just weren’t willing to push the issue,” he said. “Our training is for these types of situations. We are talking about officer safety.”

In this instance, officers waited as they established communication with the woman.

In any standoff, police must assess, evaluate and make a decision, Lamoureux said.

The woman surrendered. She was cooperative, but didn’t seem remorseful, he said.

She was arrested for investigation of second-degree domestic violence assault and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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