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March 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Grandparents killed after man’s welcome-home-from-prison party

Michael L. Boysen (photo handout from King County sheriff's office)

Michael L. Boysen (photo handout from King County sheriff’s office)

King County Sheriff John Urquhart at a news conference today reiterated the threat his investigators believe is posed to police and the public by the suspect in a double-homicide in Renton over the weekend.

Urquhart said there is ample evidence that Michael Chad Boysen is attempting to arm himself and poses a significant threat.

Boysen is accused of killing his grandparents after his family hosted a party to welcome him home from prison on Friday night. The 26-year-old man was released from prison on Friday.

Urquhart said Boysen threatened to kill family members, law enforcement officers, corrections officers and citizens prior to his prison release.

“I cannot stress enough how dangerous this guy is,”  Urquhart said at the news conference.

He said Boysen, a six-time convicted felon, is believed to be actively seeking firearms.

“We want to make sure nobody sells him a weapon,” he said.

Boysen’s grandparents, 82 and 80, were found slain in their home on Saturday.

Urquhart said the couple had picked up their grandson from the Monroe Correctional Complex, where he had finished serving a nine-month sentence for attempted residential burglary and possession of stolen property. The victims then spent the rest of the day driving their grandson around so he could get an identification card and report to his community corrections officer, Urquhart said.

That night, the family held a welcome-home party for Boysen. Sometime after the last guests departed, Boysen allegedly killed his grandparents and stole their car, Urquhart said.

On Sunday, a judge issued a warrant for Boysen’s arrest. On Monday, the Department of Corrections Secretary Bernie Warner issued a nationwide warrant for Boysen.

Law enforcement sources believe he could be out of state.

“At this point if he gets stopped anywhere in the nation it will show up on his information. Any law enforcement in the country will know he has an outstanding warrant,” said Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis.

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Corrections, John Urquhart, King County Sheriff's Office

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