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Statement Regarding Bus Arrest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 14, 2018

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Officeshari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office provided the following statement to Community Transit regarding an incident that occurred on one of their buses on June 9, 2018:

"On Sunday, June 9th around 7 p.m., deputies with the Sheriff's Office Transit Unit responded to the 11130 block of Evergreen Way. They had received a call from a Community Transit Fare Ambassador who had contacted a 32 year-old male known to be a chronic fare evader.  The man had been loitering at a Swift bus stop and, when asked to leave, crossed the street and boarded a different bus.  
 
Deputies approached the man on the bus before it left the stop and asked him to see proof of his fare. The man responded that he didn't have it and that he was going pay when he got off (Swift fares must be paid prior to boarding a bus). When deputies asked the man to leave the bus because he had committed a theft, the man stood up and began reaching into his pants. Deputies immediately physically detained the man, pinning him to the ground.  They applied low level immobilization techniques to keep the man, passengers and responding law enforcement safe during the arrest.  
 
Deputies radioed to dispatch that they were actively fighting with a male who was resisting arrest and several other law enforcement units began responding to the area to assist.  After several minutes, and with assistance from other law enforcement, the man was eventually detained and moved off the bus.  
 
Aid units on scene provided the man with medical treatment for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possibly methamphetamine.  The man was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant, as well as 3rd degree theft, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement. The incident has been reviewed by Sheriff's Office supervisors and command staff and was found to be within policy."
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