In what many neighbors would define as some very tense hours last Friday, May 17, Lake Stevens resident Jason M. Riley, 40, was finally apprehended around 10 p.m. after an eight hour standoff with police in Everett.
“Just before 10 p.m., the male who broke into a house in the 3800 block of Wetmore Ave. and told officers he had a grenade was taken into custody without further incident. The male, identified as 40-year-old Jason M. Riley of Lake Stevens, was apprehended in the crawlspace below the house after an 8-hour standoff. Riley will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail on burglary charges,” Everett Police Department’s Community Information Officer Aaron Snell said in a statement. “After a search of the residence, no grenade was found and the location has been deemed safe. The homeowner and family have returned to their house. An investigation into the burglary is underway.”
Everett Police originally responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man stating that his neighbor’s home was being burglarized. The call came into police at approximately 1:45 p.m.
“As officers arrived at the location, a male exited the house but immediately went back inside when he saw officers. The male refused to exit the house,” Snell said.
The man continued to refuse to come out of the home. After almost 30 minutes officers decided to enter the home and made verbal contact with the suspect, who was hiding in the attic.
“The male told officers he had a grenade and was willing to use it. Officers vacated and secured the house,” Snell said.
Police did not find anyone else in the home but asked nearby residents to vacate the area in case there was an explosive device.
The Everett Tactical Unit (SWAT) and the Multiagency Bomb Unit were deployed to the residence where Riley was apprehended.