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MLT police reports provide more detail on SPU shooting suspect; formal charges expected Tuesday

MLT police reports provide more detail on SPU shooting suspect; formal charges expected Tuesday

Aaron Ybarra, the 26-year-old suspect in the Seattle Pacific University shootings, had two previous run-ins with Mountlake Terrace police, both of which were in close vicinity to his home in the southeast corner of the city. Ybarra is scheduled to make his next appearance in a King County courtroom on Tuesday, June 10, where he is expected to be formally charged with murder and multiple counts of ... »

MLT Police Blotter, week of May 28 – June 3

MLT Police Blotter, week of May 28 – June 3

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department blotter report for May 28 – June 3: officers wrote 95 traffic infractions, gave 72 verbal warnings, responded to six traffic collisions and made 10 arrests, none for DUI’s. The department responded to six residential burglaries, eight reports of thefts from automobiles, five vehicle thefts and recovered two stolen vehicles. Significant incidents: June 1 At 1... »

Seattle Times: SPU shooting suspect ‘wanted to hurt himself and others’

The Mountlake Terrace man suspected in the shootings that left one man dead at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, called 911 in a 2010 rage, saying he “wanted to hurt himself and others,” according to a Mountlake Terrace police report obtained by our online news partner The Seattle Times. Officers from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department found that Aaron Rey Ybarra was very intoxicated at... »

2013 MTHS grad an eyewitness to SPU violence

Seattle Pacific University freshman and 2013 MTHS graduate Elbethel Kelemu was an eyewitness to the Thursday afternoon shootings outside SPU’s Otto Miller Hall. Kelemu was with her friends when she witnessed the suspect shoot the 19-year-old man who later died at Harborview Medical Center. “All of a sudden a student who was walking out of the building to the parking lot (he was less than a m... »

Mountlake Terrace man suspected in Seattle Pacific University shootings

Mountlake Terrace man suspected in Seattle Pacific University shootings

Updated with statement from Edmonds Community College. The Seattle Police Department has identified the suspect in the Thursday, June 5 shooting at Seattle Pacific University as a 26-year-old Mountlake Terrace man. Aaron R. Ybarra was booked into King County Jail Thursday night, and is expected to be charged in King County Court with one count of murder and numerous counts of assault with a deadly... »

Car theft on the rise in MLT — and tips to prevent it

Car theft on the rise in MLT — and tips to prevent it

For long-time Mountlake Terrace resident Carol Freeman, a disturbing trend she has noticed in her neighborhood ultimately hit home for her last week. “Since I’ve lived here in the past 15 years, there have been several stolen cars in my condo parking lot,” she observed. “My Civic was stolen out of my condo parking spot Friday night.” Car theft is becoming a bigger problem — not just for Free... »

Lynnwood, MLT, Edmonds police join forces to carry torch for Special Olympics

Lynnwood, MLT, Edmonds police join forces to carry torch for Special Olympics

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MLT police cancel May 15 open house, citing staffing shortages and workload

MLT police cancel May 15 open house, citing staffing shortages and workload

Since 2008, the Mountlake Terrace Police Department has hosted a public open house, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to tour the police station and see aspects of law enforcement work. City officials had scheduled this year’s open house to coincide with National Police Week later this month, but have now scrubbed the event due to “unforeseen circumstances.” “Staffing shortages, workloa... »

MLT, Brier police assist in pursuit, capture of Alderwood Mall shoplifting suspects

MLT, Brier police assist in pursuit, capture of Alderwood Mall shoplifting suspects

Mountlake Terrace and Brier police were two of four law enforcement agencies involved in a police pursuit and apprehension of three shoplifting suspects Friday afternoon in Lynnwood and unincorporated Snohomish County. At 12:06 p.m., Lynnwood Police responded to a reported shoplift at the Alderwood Mall. Two female suspects were seen getting into a vehicle that was observed by officers as it left ... »

Statistics show little change in MLT’s crime rate during past three years

Statistics show little change in MLT’s crime rate during past three years

During a quarter that saw his operations division commander arrested on a DUI charge and his detective division busy investigating a high-profile homicide, Mountlake Terrace Chief of Police Greg Wilson used his appearance at the May 1 City Council work/study session to focus on the positive: Crime so far this year in the city is low, the roads are safe and the police department continues to be pro... »

MLT police commander arrested earlier this year for DUI fired Friday

MLT police commander arrested earlier this year for DUI fired Friday

Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Don Duncan was terminated from the force on Friday following an internal investigation that showed “violations of sustained Police Department policy,” a City of Mountlake Terrace press release stated. An independent internal investigation was called for by Mountlake Terrace Chief of Police Greg Wilson after a Feb. 1, 2014 arrest of Duncan for driving u... »

Brier police chief retiring April 30

Brier police chief retiring April 30

After 38 years in law enforcement, Brier Chief of Police Donald Lane is retiring from the post he has held since October 2004. His last day on the job will be April 30. Brier Mayor Bob Colinas appointed Brier Police Officer Mike Catlett to serve as Interim Chief of Police beginning May 1 while the city conducts a search for a permanent replacement for Lane. Prior to coming to Brier, Lane served se... »

Suspect in Forest Jackson’s death remains in jail; trial not likely for months

Suspect in Forest Jackson’s death remains in jail; trial not likely for months

Toby Jamyson Sauceda, 20, was formally arraigned in Snohomish County Superior Court late last week on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Forest Jackson on March 29 in Mountlake Terrace. If convicted, Sauceda would face a sentence of life imprisonment. But due to the serious nature of the charge, a murder trial of Sauceda isn’t expected for months. Sauceda was arrested by Mountlake Te... »

Would-be burglar may have been inspired by 911 system outage

Would-be burglar may have been inspired by 911 system outage

A seven-hour 911 system outage may have been a factor in the decision of a local man to attempt a break-in of an ex-girlfriend’s home in Mountlake Terrace on April 10. But despite the 911 system not working, the quick action of neighbors summoned police to the scene and the suspect was apprehended and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for attempted burglary. At about 2:30 a.m., a Mountlake Ter... »

Police commander arrested for DUI showed signs of impairment, WSP report alleges

Police commander arrested for DUI showed signs of impairment, WSP report alleges

According to Washington State Patrol records and charging papers obtained by MLTnews, Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Don Duncan was allegedly driving without headlights on and creeping three tire widths over the centerline of Highway 9 when he was pulled over by a Washington State Trooper during the early morning hours of Feb. 1. The 18-year law enforcement officer was subsequently ... »

Investigation of commander will be ‘absolutely’ fair, MLT police chief says

Investigation of commander will be ‘absolutely’ fair, MLT police chief says

While one of its own is on administrative leave, the Mountlake Terrace Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of the arrest of Commander Don Duncan for driving under the influence (DUI). Duncan was arrested by Washington State Patrol on Feb. 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m. in Lake Stevens. Duncan was formally charged with a DUI in Snohomish County District Court – Evergreen Divisio... »

Mountlake Terrace police commander on leave after being arrested for DUI in February

Mountlake Terrace police commander on leave after being arrested for DUI in February

Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Don Duncan was arrested by the Washington State Patrol on Feb. 1 for driving while intoxicated, according to a news release issued by the City of Mountlake Terrace Wednesday, April 9. Duncan has now been formally charged by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office with DUI. Duncan was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the Lake Stevens area on Feb.... »

Prosecutor files formal complaint against Toby Sauceda in Forest Jackson’s death

Prosecutor files formal complaint against Toby Sauceda in Forest Jackson’s death

The Snohomish County Prosecutor has filed a formal complaint in Snohomish County District Court against Toby Jamyson Sauceda, 20, who was arrested by Mountlake Terrace police at the Lakeside Apartments around 2 a.m. on March 29 for the alleged murder of Forest Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School. Bail was set at $1,000,000 for Sauceda, who will remain in custody while the pro... »

Bail increased to $1 million for suspect in Mountlake Terrace stabbing death

On Tuesday, April 1, the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office filed initial charges against the suspect being held for the murder of Forest Jackson, 20, in county District Court; the prosecutor now has until April 18 to bring any former charges against the suspect. In addition, bail was increased to $1 million. Jackson was found by police dead of a stab wound in the neck at around 2 a.m. on March ... »

Bail set at $250,000 for suspect in murder of 2011 Mountlake Terrace HS grad

Bail set at $250,000 for suspect in murder of 2011 Mountlake Terrace HS grad

Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 20-year-old Mountlake Terrace man who was arrested by Mountlake Terrace police at the Lakeside Apartments around 2 a.m. on March 29 for the alleged murder of Forest Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School. The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to file formal charges of second degree murder against the suspect sometime on Tuesday.... »

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