The City of Lynnwood is again closing roads around Alderwood Mall and the entire mall property remains closed. Specifics are in the image below.

We’ve had a lot of questions about what kinds of threats we’ve received and what “proof” of planned looting we had that led to us taking these actions.

We are very fortunate that while groups of about ten to twelve people at a time attempted to enter mall property and closed businesses, the proactive approach of our officers has thusfar been effective and people are in general heeding the warning and staying away.

However, the second picture below is an example of some of what we encountered. Yesterday evening a group of three people were refusing to leave a business near the mall after the business owner asked them to do so. There was a physical altercation and the three ran off. Our officers intercepted two of them, juveniles, one of whom told us he was “just here for the looting,” and the other whom had a sledgehammer, spray paint, heavy gloves, goggles and a mask in his backpack.

This is exactly the kind of activity we are trying to thwart. We are trying to prevent people intent on doing harm to your places of business and employment from succeeding.

We hope you see it as a positive that there haven’t been any viral videos of looters at Alderwood Mall— again that’s looters, NOT protestors whose peaceful message is always welcome in our city.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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