Lynnwood Police are responding to a bomb threat at the Department of Corrections office, located in the 18700 block of 33rd Avenue West in Lynnwood, west of Alderwood Mall.
It was reported that a man entered the Department of Corrections office and started making threats about blowing up the building. The suspect had two backpack-sized bags and threw one of them at an interior window in the office building.
A female employee was trapped inside of the building where she was hiding from the suspect when Lynnwood Police arrived. Police were able to safely extract the female from the building. The suspect remained inside of the main office area until about 10:05 a.m. when he came out unclothed and was taken into custody by officers. He was taken to the Lynnwood Jail. The suspect is is a 42-year-old man, whose last address was Mountlake Terrace.
Lynnwood Police requested the assistance of a Washington State Patrol K-9 unit and Everett Police bomb technicians to assist in determining if an explosive device was left in the building. Lynnwood detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and are on the scene with the assisting bomb technicians. It is unknown at this time what the suspect’s relation is to the Department of Corrections office.
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