Lynnwood man arrested following disturbance at Highway 99 Starbucks

An unruly 30-year-old sword-carrying man who had created a disturbance at an Edmonds Starbucks store earlier Sunday, then fled in his car at speeds of more than 95 miles an hour, was arrested by Edmonds police Sunday night after being tracked to his home in unincorporated Lynnwood.

According to Edmonds police spokesman Mark Marsh, police were sent to the Starbucks store in the 21900 block of Highway 99 after receiving reports that a person armed with a sword was being confrontational with Starbucks employees. A police officer pulling into the parking lot observed the suspect and told him to stop, but the man got into his car and fled the parking lot, heading west onto 220th Street Southwest and then north on 76th Avenue West.

The suspect was reportedly traveling at speeds of more than 95 MPH and running red lights, so Edmonds police called off the pursuit and advised surrounding agencies of the suspect’s last known location.

An investigation at the Starbucks revealed that the suspect shared a community college class with a 22-year-old Starbucks employee and Edmonds resident. He discovered where she worked “and frequently showed up there leaving gifts for the victim,” Marsh said. On Sunday, “the suspect showed up again at the victim’s work and when told to leave became angry and confrontational. He returned back inside the store after being told to leave, having armed himself with a sword.”

During the confrontation, the suspect didn’t threaten anyone directly with the sword, but did attempt to contact the female employee before police arrived, Marsh said. Investigating officers asked the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office to be on the lookout for the suspect and his vehicle at his address in the 14800 block of 29th Avenue West in unincorporated Lynnwood, he added.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspect in his vehicle at the Lynnwood address at 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Deputies attempted to contact him but he refused to leave his vehicle; Edmonds police officers responded to the address with a K9 officer. When the suspect ignored several request to get out of his car, Edmonds officers used a rubber-bullet-type round of ammunition to break out the car’s rear window, at which time the suspect exited his vehicle and was taken into custody.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and eluding police.

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