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December 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Prosecutors charge violent felon with break-in and gun thefts from sporting good store

King County prosecutors charged a 43-year-old felon on Friday in connection with an alleged attempt to steal firearms from the Big 5 sporting-goods store in Burien early Tuesday.

Ricky Arntsen, who is also known as Ricky Nelson, remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 bail. According to the state Department of Corrections, Arntsen, of Burien, served 11 years in prison on a manslaughter charge and has served additional sentences since his release in 2005. He also has a lengthy criminal history in Colorado, charging papers say.

Prosecutors charged Arnsten with second-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and first-degree malicious mischief – the latter charge for allegedly causing at least $80,000 in damage to fixtures and merchandise inside the store, located at 125 S.W. 148th St., charging papers say.

Arnsten is accused of driving a Kia Sedona minivan through a glass wall and metal gate at the front of the store just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, charging papers say. The crash set of a security alarm, which summoned King County deputies to the business, they say.

When the deputies arrived, they found rifles and shotguns on the floor near the minivan, and additional weapons near the firearm sales counter, the papers say. The deputies heard movement inside the store, so backed out and requested assistance from a tactical team. Following a lengthy standoff, officers found Arnsten, who was apparently intoxicated, hiding in the store’s ceiling, according to the charges. They also served a search warrant on the minivan and found nine rifles, eight shotguns and ammunition that had been loaded inside, the papers say.

Arnsten was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries before being booked into jail, according to the charges. While at the hospital, Arnsten “used a concealed razor to cut his restraint straps,” completely cutting through one strap and partially cutting the other, the charges say.

Arnsten, who is flagged as a “violent offender” and a “serious threat to law enforcement” in a national police data base, is to be arraigned  Dec. 18, according to prosecutors.

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