A 30-year-old man armed with a sword entered an Edmonds Starbucks Sunday afternoon and confronted employees before leading police on a high-speed chase, according to the Edmonds Police Department.
Police responded to a call at about 3:30 p.m. about an unruly customer, armed with a sword, at a Starbucks in the 21900 block of Highway 99. An officer pulling into the Starbucks parking lot saw the suspect, who ignored commands to stop and took off in his car, Edmonds Police said in a statement.
The statement said the officer chased him but called off the pursuit after seeing the suspect reaching speeds of more than 95 miles per hour and running red lights.
Edmonds Police asked the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for the man at his address in unincorporated Lynnwood. On Sunday evening, Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies saw the suspect in his vehicle at his address. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on investigation of burglary and attempting to elude law enforcement.
Edmonds Police said in the statement that the suspect had been following a female employee of Starbucks with whom he had a class at a community college. On Sunday, when he was told to leave, he became angry and confrontational, according to the statement, which said the suspect “did not apparently threaten anyone directly with the sword but did make an attempt to once again reach the female employee, before fleeing the scene in his car.”