Sword-wielding man at Starbucks leads police on high-speed chase

EDMONDS, Wash. -- A surly, sword-wielding Starbucks customer led Edmonds police on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon.

Employees at a Highway 99 Starbucks called police at roughly 3:30 p.m. after a man with a sword entered the store and became confrontational with employees.

As Edmonds police officers pulled into the Starbucks, they saw the armed man in the parking lot. The officers told him to stop, but the man instead got into his car and sped away on 220th Street SW, according to police.

Officers gave chase, and speeds soon reached nearly 100 miles per hour with the suspect running numerous red lights. The officers called off the chase and warned nearby police agencies to be on the lookout for the man.

Back at the Starbucks, police learned that the man had been following and harassing a female Starbucks employee. The 22-year old woman told police she recognized him from the local community college she attends. She said the pair had a class in common and he had somehow found out where she works and had taken to bringing her gifts.

On Sunday, Police say the man tried to contact the employee and was told to leave. He did, but came back soon after armed with a sword. The man didn't threaten anyone directly with the sword, though police say he did reach for the female employee.

Investigators traced the man to his address in unincorporated Lynnwood and asked Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies to look for him there.

A 7:45 p.m., deputies spotted the man parked in his car outside the home. Edmonds officers, along with a K-9 unit, arrived at the house and tried to get the man to get out of his car.

He refused, so police shot out his rear window using a less lethal SAGE round. The man then decided to get out of the car and was arrested.

The 30-year-old was booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of burglary and attempting to elude police.