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LPD Blotter: Domestic violence assailant ends up in jail

LYNNWOOD, Wash., October 10, 2021 — Lynnwood experienced a steady rise in crime over the last three weeks of September with an average frequency of 118 crimes per week. During September 19-25 alone, a staggering 138 crimes were reported to the Lynnwood Police Department (LPD). This is the highest weekly reported figure since last spring.  

It is needless to mention that theft has been an ever present in the list of crimes in Lynnwood. However, it is worth mentioning that the LPD has been busy with vehicle prowls.

To view the previous police blotter click here.

Domestic violence assailant ends up in jail

Two love rivals fighting each other didn’t end very well for one of them. The fight happened in Lynnwood on September 21 near 200th street.

While the police tried to intervene and stop the fight between two males, they found out that one of the men, with initial W, had a gun tucked in his pants.

According to the man with initial “H,” he was coming from work when he saw “W” accosting his girl. “H” immediately intervened to approach “W,” but a fight ensued, and “W” pulled a gun threatening he would kill “H.” A few minutes later police arrived and separated the two men.

Considering a gun involved in the case, responding LPD officers handcuffed both men on the spot, having some resistance from “W.”

The officers learned that the genesis of the conflict from the girlfriend at the scene.

She confirmed that she dated “W” for four years but ended the relationship after his deportation in January of 2021 to Mexico. Both she and “W” share a child together. The girlfriend then began a romantic relationship with “H,” and they have since been living together.

According to the girlfriend, “W” left a voicemail earlier the day of the incident that he will be over to pick up his stuff but did not state the day nor the time he would be doing so. “W” entered the apartment with force, kept his arms around his now ex-girlfriend against her will and prevented her from calling 911. She requested many times for “W” to leave and advised him that she would call the police if he wouldn’t leave the residence.

According to “H” this is not the first time he was harassed by “W.” Allegedly, “W” threatened “H” many times in the past and also threaten to kill his kids.

After hearing from all the witnesses, the two LPD officers believed they had enough probable cause to arrest “W” for entering an apartment unlawfully and committing multiple other crimes while he was inside the apartment.

“W” now faces multiple charges including: residential burglary in the 1st degree, unlawful imprisonment, domestic violence assault in the 4th degree, interfering with reporting of domestic violence, felony harassment, assault in the 4th degree, and carrying firearms.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County provides free and confidential services:  emergency shelter, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education.  For information, please call their 24-hour Support Line:  425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873).

Found dead in the bathtub, after fights with boyfriend  

On September 4th LPD responded to a call by Super 8 hotel staff of a woman in her forties found dead in the bathtub of a hotel room.

In the room wasn’t found anything suspicious, apart from some bottles of medicines, including anxiety pills, omeprazole to treat the heartburn and two bottles of ibuprofen. Also bottles of beer were found in the room alongside the woman’s open suitcase.

From the first inspection the responding police officer didn’t find any signs of violence in the scene.

Questioning the staff and going through the hotel’s management file, a responding officer discovered that the women initially booked a room for two with a man in his fifties. But after the first night she asked for a separate room with the excuse that her partner was snoring too loud, and that she wanted to be fully rested for a wedding later in the week.

Upon further investigation, staff informed LPD that the couple wasn’t getting along, and after moving her belongings she requested that the key to her new room be given only to her. The same reaction was from her partner also, he didn’t want her to have a key to his room.

The video footage obtained shows that the night of her death she went out two times – once to a nearby Walgreens store where a receipt shows the purchase of ibuprofen bottles and a 12 pack of beer.

The police contacted the man accompanying the woman. He was cooperative but he didn’t have any clue as to the death of the woman.

The medical examiner also reported that no signs of violence were visible.

All the video footage, witnesses’ declaration and statements were gathered for further ongoing investigation of this death.  

Woman kicked from apartment, trespasses neighbor

A woman was cited for trespassing in a neighbor’s apartment after she was kicked out of her own residence in Lynnwood. Her roommate, who also was her friend, reported her to the police on September 13 after she saw her under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The roommate called 911 to have the woman removed from the apartment they were sharing. The police officer immediately noticed that she was heavily intoxicated and asked her to go to the hospital with him, but she refused. After several minutes of discussion, she asked the officer if she was free to go. Upon receiving the affirmation, she headed to the apartment complex entrance. 

Still on the scene, the officer heard screams coming from inside the complex. He then saw that the woman entered a different apartment, causing another stir.

He then saw the neighbor, terrified that a stranger had invaded the apartment. After the officer spoke with the neighbor, he intervened, removing the woman from her neighbor’s apartment. Fifteen minutes later he convinced the trespasser to stay away from the apartment and go to the hospital with him.

She was cited for Criminal Trespass 1. Her roommate was advised to file a formal eviction, even though her friend had only lived with her for a month and never paid rent.

Dog bites her, she reports the owner

A woman was bitten by a dog in Lynnwood, and she decided to report the owner to LPD. The case which spans from the end of July until the first days of September was concluded with the dog, a little chihuahua, being declared potentially dangerous.

On July 24 the victim with initial “E” was bitten in her left ankle by a dog whose owner has the initial “B.”

Trying to contact the owner of the dog several times, the police officer in charge was able to get ahold of her. B was willing to collaborate and provided her version of the story. The victim provided pictures, evidence of a doctor’s visit, and prescription drugs taken to the police.

After balancing the stories of both parties and a witness provided by the victim, the police officer stated that there was enough evidence to declare the chihuahua potentially dangerous, according to Lynnwood municipal code. He suggested the lady provide a list of up-to-date vaccines of the dog and keep the dog quarantined for 10 days which she complied. 

Resident “escapes” assisted living facility

A resident was reported missing from an assisted living facility in Lynnwood on September 13. The man in his sixties was reported to have suffered a brain injury but with no further limitations such as memory loss. 

The assisted living facility’s representative reported that the resident did not receive his medication dosage on the day he was reported missing. He left the residence riding a mountain bike, stating he was going to a recycling center in Edmonds to collect scrap metal to resell.  

According to the management, the resident has repeatedly broken the home’s rules in the past. He has previously left the Adult Family Home on his bicycle and been gone for the entire day, and he frequently breaks the home’s 7 p.m. curfew, returning as late as 1 a.m. in some cases.

The reporting party stated that the man does not believe the rules of the Adult Family Home apply to him and comes and goes as he pleases.  

The adult home representative stated she called the police this time to report him missing because this was the first time he had failed to return for the night.

The police tried to contact him through his cell phone multiple times but were unsuccessful. The listed emergency contact was his sister, but she also had not heard from him. His sister claimed that lately he was socializing with “some bad people” who did not have his best interests in mind. She also added that her brother had become increasingly difficult to deal with lately and seemed different.

The officers checked with the hospitals in the area to see if they had admitted any patient with his description, but none had.

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