Police: Man arrested in connection with confrontation no longer a suspect

May 20, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11 a.m. May 20, 2009

A 33-year-old Issaquah man arrested in connection with a May 14 confrontation was not involved in the incident, Issaquah Police said this morning. The man, arrested by Seattle Police several hours after the confrontation, was in Seattle when the incident occurred.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the man was eliminated as a suspect in the case yesterday. No charges were filed against the man in relation to the incident.

“We were able to investigate and confirm that he was indeed not in the city of Issaquah,” Behrbaum said today.

Officers are working to identify the suspect who brandished a handgun during a confrontation with an acquaintance. Behrbaum said the man was likely not a threat to public safety.

“We’re still investigating, but at this point, we don’t believe it’s a public safety issue,” Behrbaum said.

He said officers plan to interview the victim again, and another man who was near the area when the confrontation occurred but did not witness the incident.

The victim – an Issaquah man in his mid-30s – and an acquaintance were involved in a confrontation at a medical building at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd. The victim told police the acquaintance threatened him with a handgun. The suspect then fled on foot. No shots were fired.

Police said the incident could have been drug motivated.

Officers focused their search downtown and along Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Issaquah Valley Elementary School and the Issaquah School District administration building were locked down for about two hours in the late morning and early afternoon while police searched nearby for the man.

The man arrested in connection with the case was with people in Seattle at the time of the confrontation, police said. He is being held at the King County Jail for violating his probation related to an assault charge.

“We take these kind of reports at face value when they come in,” Behrbaum said. “We take them very seriously.”

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