MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Police said an armed man and a woman who mistakenly believed stolen property was inside a Marysville home forced their way inside and threatened to kill the residents, but the victims fought back and the intruders left empty-handed.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Marysville police were called to a report of an assault in the 10500 block of 56th Drive Northeast.
While on their way, the officers were told that the two suspects, a man and a woman, were no longer inside the home.
When police arrived, they saw that a man had been tackled and was being held down by one of the victims. The man was taken into custody.
Officers said the two suspects, a 42-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, both Arlington residents, had gone to the home believing stolen property belonging to a third party was inside.
Investigators said the two forced their way into the house brandishing handguns. Officers said the woman pointed her handgun directly at one of the four people inside, threatening to kill him if they didn’t get what they were looking for.
One of the men who was being held at gunpoint grabbed the handgun away from the woman, while a female resident ran into a bedroom down a hallway.
A second male resident began scuffling with the armed man in an attempt to get his gun. The scuffle between the two went to the ground and the woman who had run into a bedroom emerged and sprayed the intruder with a can of bear mace. After the intruder had been sprayed, one of the residents was able to take the gun from him.
Both intruders fled the house, but because the man had been sprayed with mace, he was unable to get far before he was tackled by one of the victims as officers arrived.
Less than an hour later, the other intruder called 911 to tell officers where she was and turn herself in. She was taken into custody about six blocks away from the home.
Officers said they did not recover any stolen property at the home and none was believed to have been there.
Both of the intruders were booked into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.