Everett man suspected in April 9 car theft, police standoff now being held on another charge

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A SWAT team sniper waits on the roof next to the house where the suspected car thief took refuge before surrendering to police April 9. (Photo by Larry Vogel)
A SWAT team sniper waits on the roof next to the house where the suspected car thief took refuge before surrendering to police April 9. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

The car theft suspect who surrendered to police April 9 after barricading himself inside a home just behind the Ranch 99 Market in Edmonds’ Highway 99 neighborhood is now in custody in the Snohomish County Jail on charges stemming from an earlier incident in unincorporated Snohomish County.

Brian Warnock, 30, of Everett is being held on a complaint filed in District Court by the Snohomish County Prosecutor charging him with first-degree robbery and trafficking in stolen property in connection an incident dating from March 1. Prosecutors allege that on that date Warnock and an accomplice forced their way into an apartment in the 16500 block of North Road, tied up two men and robbed them at gunpoint, stealing a car, firearms and at least four pairs of Air Jordan high-top tennis shoes. The District Court has set a May 1 felony dismissal date on these charges, meaning that Warnock will remain in custody and that the prosecutor has until that date to file felony charges in Superior Court.

Meanwhile prosecutors are also preparing charges in the April 9 case that started when Edmonds police allegedly made contact with him in a Highway 99 motel parking lot around 1:30 a.m. that morning. According to the police report Warnock fled, hitting a back-up officer’s vehicle as he left the parking lot. A protracted pursuit through Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds followed, ending in an afternoon standoff in the 7200 block of 224th Street Southwest, where Warnock ultimately surrendered to police. Read the coverage in MLT News here.

Warnock is likely to be charged with multiple crimes in connection with this incident, including possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding a police vehicle.

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