The Ax Man Cometh:
Edmonds Police arrest naked man who used axes, crowbar to destroy motel room & threatened to kill people
April 11, 2018
(EDMONDS, WA.) –- If you’re in police work, you always want to be a bit careful when responding to a call about a naked man on a rampage with a crowbar (and later an ax) who’s demolishing a motel room.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: The Ax man's handiwork at that motel. Photos: Ednmonds Police
These are often delicate situations and ones where your de-escalation training as an officer will hopefully come in handy.
Edmonds Police say it all started about 6:30 am Tuesday morning with a call about this guy with a crowbar (and other stuff) taking apart a motel room. “Suspect was armed with a crowbar and threatening to kill motel residents. He even broke into a room to go after someone,” said a police statement.
When officers arrived they say ax-man, “Had retreated to his own room and set about destroying the place. That is a hot water heater and stove you see in the photo (above right), along with the toilet he tore up and threw out the window. He also threw tools at our officers as they took cover behind cars in the parking lot. Along the way, he stripped his clothes off,” said the police statement.
Ax man, as you can see, was on a roll. A man with a mission as it were. “The suspect armed himself with 3 different axes and a knife, threatening to kill our officers,” continued the police statement. “We had a crisis negotiator trying to work with him to give up. We were finally able to subdue him using two heavy duty, rubber projectiles.”
That had to hurt. Those rubber bullets are nasty little devils. However, much better to hit with those than the real bullets because, well we all know what happens with the real ones.
“Once in custody, we got him to the hospital right away. He will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail (after his hospital visit) for a variety of charges: Felony harassment (threats to kill), assaulting an officer, felony level malicious mischief (property damage),” said the police statement.
And so it goes.