Police: Everett customer shot Denny’s server in both legs


EVERETT — Three men were arrested in connection with an attack south of Everett that ended in the shooting of a Denny’s employee on Saturday.

The alleged shooter, a 21-year-old Everett man, was arrested for investigation into a first-degree assault. Two others, both also 21, were arrested for investigation into a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. The two misdemeanor suspects posted $1,000 bond and were released hours later. The suspected shooter was in the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $250,000.

At around 5:20 a.m. Saturday, a server at the 24-hour restaurant on SW 128th Street asked three men to leave, a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy wrote in a police report. It was unclear why they were asked out. The staff member escorted them, surveillance video broadcasts.

When the 23-year-old employee turned to walk back into the restaurant, he seemed to notice that the 21-year-old man from Everett had a gun in his right hand. The staff member pushed the man, resulting in a fight between the four men. One of them grabbed the employee from behind and tried to knock him to the ground while the other two came to help. The three of them punched and kicked him repeatedly, according to the deputy’s report. They hit the server enough to stop him fighting.

As the employee was face down on the asphalt, one of the suspects shot the man in each leg with his pistol, according to security footage. The men then left the camera’s line of sight, so it was unclear whether they had left on foot or in a vehicle.

When the deputy arrived, he found a female employee struggling to unlock the door to let him in “because she was shaking from having experienced the trauma,” the deputy wrote. The injured man was in the kitchen of the restaurant.

Someone next to the employee had applied a handmade tourniquet, but it did not stop the bleeding, according to court documents. So the member applied his. The injured man also had a possible black eye.

The suspected shooter was arrested near Lake Tye in Monroe by a police sergeant who was there on a suspicious behavior call. During a hearing on Tuesday, defense attorney Jason Lantz argued there was little evidence linking his client to the shooting. Everett District Court Judge Pro Tem Noah Weil found probable cause for first-degree assault.

One of the other suspects, also from Everett, was arrested in early March after allegedly punching two people in the face and pointing a gun at others as people asked him to leave a house near Everett where he was not was not welcome. Two days later, he was released from jail after posting bail, according to prison records. Prosecutors have not filed felony charges in the man’s case.

Rue Jake Goldstein: 425 339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.


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