by: Amy Clancy Updated:
Former Seattle SuperSonic and Oklahoma City Thunder center Robert Swift was arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday for allegedly trying to rob a home near Gold Bar.
According to sources, the 7-foot-1 former NBA basketball player and 28-year-old Carlos Abraham Anderson of Everett put masks over their faces and attempted to rob a home in broad daylight. Witnesses notified the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
“I believe there were a couple of people who called in, they saw masked subjects on the property, reported that at least one of them was armed with a weapon, one possibly with a baseball bat,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton told KIRO 7. “It appeared they were either trying to make an entry or knocking on the door.”
Sources told KIRO 7 that Swift was armed with multiple weapons when he was taken into custody.
The 29-year-old Swift has already been charged in King County Superior Court for possessing an illegal sawed-off shotgun. The weapon was found – along with a cache of other weapons – in the home of his Kirkland roommate late last year.
When Swift failed to show up for his November 26th court appearance in Seattle, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Ireton confirmed that warrant was one of the reasons Swift was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle instead of the Snohomish County Jail in Everett.
Sources also said it was because Swift – an admitted heroin addict – told deputies he was high on drugs when he was arrested on Tuesday.Ireton confirmed the Snohomish County Jail no longer admits people with certain medical issues.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are searching the car Swift and Anderson were driving the day they were arrested.