One arrested, two others suspected in false 911 calls

MARYSVILLE — One suspect has been arrested and two others have been referred for charging in connection with a series of false alarm calls to Marysville and Everett police Oct. 28.

After calls were made, first about an officer down on I-5 near Marysville, then about an armed hit-and-run suspect fleeing northbound on I-5 from Everett, another call was placed to 911 dispatchers just before 6 p.m., warning of a bomb at the Shell gas station in the 11600 block on State Avenue.

A 19-year-old Marysville man who’s suspected of making those calls was arrested in his home, later in the same day that the bomb threats were made. Marysville police and 911 dispatchers were tipped off by witnesses who reported a man meeting the suspect’s description making calls near the Shell gas station, and worked with a cell phone company to track down the owner of the cell phone making the calls.

The same cell phone was used to make several calls to 911 dispatchers, forcing Marysville and Everett police and Washington State Patrol troopers to waste their time responding to multiple false reports.

Since then, Marysville Police Lt. Jeff Goldman has informed The Marysville Globe that they have probable cause to suspect two others of being connected to the false alarm calls, one of them from Marysville, and another from Texas.

“There were no bombs or bomb-making materials in the first suspect’s house,” said Goldman, who noted that the two Marysville suspects have offered contradictory accounts of who’s to blame for the calls. “It’s not uncommon, when suspects are caught, for them to point their fingers at each other and say, ‘I didn’t do it, so-and-so did.’”

According to police reports, the 19-year-old suspect denied making the calls and was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of threats to bomb. According to court documents, the suspect is a resident of a clean-and-sober house for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and has made harassing phone calls to his family. Court papers also state that his mother has requested that a judge issue a restraining order against him until he receives mental health treatment.

Marysville and Everett police are working with the Washington State Patrol to investigate possible charges of filing a false report.

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