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The Today File

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July 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Suspect in Lake Stevens stabbing death is survivalist, wanted felon

Anthony Garver photo

Anthony E. Garver

The Associated Press

LAKE STEVENS — A mentally ill Spokane man with a lengthy criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a woman in Lake Stevens.

Anthony E. Garver, 25, was arrested just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at a fast food restaurant in Everett, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He had a large camouflage backpack and a folding knife that had blood stains on it, The Spokesman-Review of Spokane is reporting.

He was linked to the homicide by DNA evidence and surveillance video that showed him at a restaurant with Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez a few days before the 20-year-old was found dead June 17 at her home. Neighbors said she had a young daughter and had just moved into the home at the end of May.

He was ordered held without bail Wednesday.

Garver, also known as Anthony Burke, has a criminal history in Spokane and is being held on arrest warrants from the state Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Garver is a felon for threats to kill another person and at the time of Evans-Lopez’s homicide was wanted on a U.S. Marshals warrant for escape, according to KIRO-TV. Police say Garver has a mental history, is anti-government, has a history of possessing military-style weapons and explosives, and has threatened to shoot anyone who confronts him.

According to Spokane’s KLXY-TV, Garver was arrested in 2006 for threatening to blow up a state Department of Social and Health Services office in North Spokane. He then threatened to kill the judge and prosecutor in his case.

In 2008, Garver was sentenced to three years in prison, given credit for time served and was released in 2009, according to the TV station.

When he failed to report to a work-release program, the Marshals Service went on a monthlong manhunt for him, finding him hiding out in the woods near Mount Spokane. He was wearing camouflage gear.

In 2010, following another release, Garver was involved in a chase with the Montana Highway Patrol, at one point driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 trying to hit cars head on. Again he was arrested, and in the spring of this year was released from a federal prison in Colorado, KLXY-TV reports.

He was transported to Western Washington, told to check in with his probation officer within 72 hours but never did.

In late June, police said Garver sent a note to his mother apologizing – and saying he’d never go back to prison, according to KIRO-TV.

“I also learned that Anthony has wanted to create explosive devices in the past using fertilizer and has aspired to emulate [Oklahoma City bomber] Timothy McVeigh,” an officer wrote in Garver’s probable-case documents. “Anthony has also studied and downloaded bomb making information from Anarchist Cookbooks and has studied Al-Queda training manuals. I’ve also learned that Anthony is an experienced survivalist, commits burglaries in rural areas to sustain his life, is a loner and has threatened mass casualty involving large events.”

Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Carter contributed to this report

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