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Suspect Arrested for Rape Following Five Hour Standoff with SWAT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2021
CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263
EVERETT, Wash. – A 32-year-old Lakewood man was arrested for first-degree rape following a five-hour standoff with deputies. The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was transported by aid to Providence Regional Medical Center for a medical evaluation.
Around 5:50 a.m., deputies responded to a motel in the 220 block of 128th Street SW for reports of a sexual assault. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the victim who was able to escape the motel room and call 911.
Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect in the motel room, but he refused to surrender and barricaded himself inside. The Region 1 SWAT team responded to the scene and negotiated with the suspect for several hours.
At approximately 10:40 a.m., the suspect exited the motel room and followed commands to get on his knees and place his hands behind his head. Seconds later, the suspect stood up and began running. Members of the Region 1 SWAT team deployed less-lethal pepper balls as the suspect attempted to flee. He ran a short distance and was taken into custody without further incident.
The 32-year-old Lakewood man was transported to the hospital for a medical clearance before being transported to the Snohomish County Jail where he will be booked for first-degree rape.
This is an active investigation.