UPDATE: 7 p.m. | Duane “DJ” Sanders, the suspect who attacked a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy and ran away while being handcuffed, has been caught, the sheriff’s department announced in a tweet.
Sanders’ parents drove him to jail, where sheriff’s deputies “eagerly greeted him,” the department said in a second tweet. He will be booked for investigation of third-degree assault and outstanding warrants.
ORIGINAL POST | A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy was attacked by a man wanted on a warrant this morning south of Stanwood, the sheriff’s office said.
Duane “DJ” Sanders, 29, was being arrested around 9 a.m. in the 4400 block of 192nd Avenue Northwest when he struck the deputy in the face and hand as he was being handcuffed. Sanders then fled.
The deputy was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, the sheriff’s office says. He has been with the sheriff’s office for more than 31 years.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy had responded to a call about a stolen F-250 Ford pickup found in the nearby woods. While waiting for a tow truck, Sanders and a 32-year-old Stanwood woman arrived at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
It is not believed that Sanders or the woman had connection with the stolen pickup, the sheriff’s office said.
However, Sanders was found to have several outstanding warrants, including one for felony escape from the state Department of Corrections. The woman was taken into custody for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies are searching for Sanders north of Lake Goodwin.
He is 5-feet-4, about 130 pounds with facial hair and is missing his right eye. He also has a handcuff on his left wrist. Sanders was last seen wearing a dark fleece jacket and jeans.
Anyone who sees Sanders is asked to call 911.