Edmonds woman arrested after threatening boys with knife

A 21-year-old Edmonds woman who allegedly threatened two young boys with a knife and threatened to kill them in the neighborhood near Westgate Elementary School was arrested by Edmonds police Friday evening.

Police were called to the 9600 block of 220th Street Southwest at approximately 6:51 p.m. following reports that a woman raised a fixed blade knife over her head and yelled to the boys, “I’m gonna kill you guys.”  The boys rode their bicycles to a nearby church to report the incident, and a church employee — who described the boys as “panicked” — called 911 to summon officers.

Other officers began an area search for the suspect, and located a woman matching the suspect’s description walking six  blocks south in the 22600 block of 96th Avenue West.  The woman, who was taken into custody without incident, admitted to officers that she had been armed with a knife but denied threatening the boys.  She did state, however, that earlier that evening she had been walking from a nearby park when two other boys had called her a “zombie,”  and admitted following those two boys.

The suspect said she noticed the victims a short time later while walking on 96th Avenue West, and told officers that she called out to the boys because she thought she knew them.  Although she denied threatening the boys, the suspect told officers she tossed the knife over a fence into blackberry bushes immediately following her contact with them.

The suspect was arrested for assault and then transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  Later that evening, after being discharged from the hospital, the suspect was booked at the Snohomish County Jail.

The knife has not yet been recovered.

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