The Bonney Lake police apprehended a federal fugitive, wanted by the U.S. Marshals, after an elaborate foot chase the evening of April 2.
The suspect possessed two felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant and had eluded the Marshals for several weeks.
At approximately 7 p.m., an officer located the suspect walking eastbound on state Route 410. Several officers and a K9 unit were called for containment.
The suspect ran upon noticing the first officer and led police on a foot chase through the woods, over a barbed-wire fence and across the private properties of multiple businesses and homeowners.
He later reported hearing voices that told him to run from the officers.
He crossed SR 410 twice and was ultimately chased behind a bank by a citizen, who took it upon himself to assist.
The suspect was arrested after a fight with three officers, one of which sustained significant injury to his right hand.
Bonney Lake Police Officer Todd Green said the citizen’s help was appreciated but in the future, witnesses should remain on the outskirts of an incident when possible.
“We’re grateful the suspect was apprehended but if you’re in that situation, please just be a good witness. At the end of the day, your safety is our top priority. This is our job and we are trained for it,” Green said. “Innocent witnesses could be hurt and that is what we try to avoid.”
The suspect was booked into Enumclaw jail for his warrants.