UPDATE, 11 P.M. Everett police say that 40 year-old Jason M. Riley of Lake Stevens, was apprehended in the crawlspace below the house, after an eight-hour standoff. Riley will be booked into the Snohomish County Jail on burglary charges.
After a search, no grenade was found, and the residents have returned to their house, police say.
EARLIER POST | Everett police say they’re continuing to surround a suspected burglar late Friday in the 3800 block of Wetmore Avenue, where the man is inside a house and claims to have a grenade.
A neighbor called police at around 1:45 p.m. saying a home burglary was under way. When police arrived, the intruder went from outside back into the house, said police spokesman Aaron Snell. Police searched inside for 25 minutes, until the man, who was in the attic, said he had a grenade and was willing to use it.
Snell didn’t have confirmation whether the officers actually saw a grenade.
There are no hostages, and no major streets are blocked, said Snell.
Bomb-squad officers a SWAT team and firefighters have arrived. Negotiators are still trying to “establish verbal contact with the subject,” Snell said.