MTHS senior arrested for alleged inappropriate touching, injuring officer

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By Doug Petrowsi

A Mountlake Terrace High School student was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly touched a female student inappropriately in a classroom, injured one of the responding officers, and had in his backpack a large knife

Benjapon Hummel-Schluger, 18, was charged with Assault 3, Assault 4 and Possessing Dangerous Weapons on School Facility on Tuesday. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail following the arrest. The Assault 3 felony charge resulted from the altercation with Mountlake Terrace Police; the Assault 4 gross misdemeanor charge is for the alleged physical contact with another student.

The female student told police that Hummel-Schluger began “petting” her shoulder, then moved his hand to her chest, brushing her shirt with two fingers after she told him to stop the initial contact and to leave her alone.

The victim, her boyfriend and Hummel-Schluger were escorted to separate rooms in the school, where officers interviewed them individually, according to the police report. When a Mountlake Terrace Police Department sergeant and accompanying officer tried to enter the room that Hummel-Schluger was in, they found it barricaded with three or four chairs and a table. Once the officer pushed the door open, an altercation ensued and the sergeant suffered a bruised leg from an alleged kick by Hummel-Schluger.

Following the arrest, school officials searched Hummel-Schluger’s backpack and found what the police report describes as “a large fixed blade dagger” with a four-and-a-half inch blade and a fivei-inch handle.

Hummel-Schluger could face up to six years in jail and/or $15,000 in fines if convicted on all three charges. He was given an emergency expulsion from Mountlake Terrace High School, said DJ Jakala, Edmonds School District Community Relations Manager. Neither the school nor the district issued any statements to parents or the community “due to it not being a threat to student safety at the time it occurred,” Jakala said.

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