A 22-year-old Lake Stevens man has been arrested and another man is being sought in connection with shots fired in a Meadowdale-area neighborhood earlier this week.
According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Shane Hawley, the Lake Stevens suspect in now in Snohomish County Jail after being arraigned in Snohomish County Superior Court on one count of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.
Detectives were able to uncover more of the story related to the Feb. 2 incident, which occurred at 1:52 a.m. in the 17100 block of 67th Avenue West in Edmonds.
One of the victims, a 19-year old Marysville woman, received a message requesting that visit the neighborhood to pick up a friend of the family. When the woman arrived with her boyfriend (still unidentified at this time, Hawley said), the family friend met her and jumped into the car. She then noticed that two other men had come out to the vehicle.
The now-jailed suspect opened the woman’s car door and demanded property from her. She refused, so he began threatening her, then reached into the vehicle and grabbed her purse. As they struggled over the purse, the woman heard a gunshot. At some point during the encounter, the family friend got out of the car.
The suspect managed to get money from the woman’s purse and she sped off. It was then that she heard more gunshots.
A short time later, family members of the victim began receiving text messages from the suspect, showing himself in a mirror with a handgun and cash. Detectives were able to confirm that there were several bullet holes in the victim’s car the following day.
The family friend was arrested by Marysville Police on Feb. 3 in an unrelated incident. Marysville police recovered the handgun that was believed to have been used by the suspect in the Edmonds incident. Police discovered that the gun was stolen during a burglary in Mukilteo.
The family friend later admitted that the suspect had given the handgun to him after the shooting. He also implicated a second suspect and claimed that he too had fired rounds at the victim.
That second suspect has been identified as a 21-year old man from the Marysville area. He was last known to be driving a black, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta with a temporary permit in the back window. He is wanted for first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.