Police are still at the scene Thursday of a home in the 7200 block of 224th Street Southwest in Edmonds — just behind the Ranch 99 Market on Highway 99– where a car theft suspect has barricaded himself inside.
Police from Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace — plus the regional SWAT team — were on a manhunt Thursday in both Mountlake Terrace and the HIghway 99 area of Edmonds looking for the suspect. The man, who is reportedly armed with a handgun, eventually ended up in a residence, where police negotiators have been in phone contact in attempt to get him out.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when an Edmonds police officer made contact with a suspicious subject in a vehicle at a motel in the 22100 block of Highway 99. The vehicle turned out to be stolen. When another officer arrived, the driver fled in the vehicle, hitting the back-up officer’s vehicle as he left the parking lot. The officer was unharmed.
About 15 minutes later, the stolen vehicle was found abandoned on Interstate 5, facing the wrong way near the King/Snohomish County Line.
Surrounding police agencies began arriving to look for the suspect, and a Mountlake Terrace resident called 911 and reported that a male subject had come into his house and wanted help hiding from the police. Those in the Mountlake Terrace home told the suspect to leave, and then called 911 a short time later.
Canine teams searched the wooded areas along Interstate 5 for over an hour, but were unable to locate the suspect. A second suspect, related to this incident, was arrested from one of the motel rooms for an outstanding warrant. He was booked in Pierce County jail.
The stolen car has been taken to the Edmonds Police Department pending further investigation.