Arrest made in Harvey's incident
Last updated 2/14/2018 at Noon
Detectives from Edmonds Police arrested a 45-year-old female employee of Harvey’s Lounge in Edmonds and booked her into the Snohomish County Jail on Wednesday evening for malicious harassment, commonly known as the “hate crime” law for Washington.
Detective Julie Govantes led the investigation into this incident, which was first reported to police on Feb. 5. The investigation included the reviewing of surveillance footage, multiple interviews and consultation with the FBI.
The Lynnwood woman was arrested after inconsistencies in her version of events came to light, and she was seen on the business’s surveillance video wielding a bat and yelling towards the victims.
The 18-year old victim told detectives he felt that he was about to be violently assaulted when the female employee came out of the business with the bat and yelled at them to leave the property while being called a derogatory racial slur.
His 14-year old sister was with him at the time.
After a thorough investigation, Govantes developed probable cause to believe that the victims were threatened and placed in fear because of their race while the suspect was armed with a bat.
The suspect was arrested at her place of employment. Upon her arrest, she was interviewed by detectives and later transported to jail.
Chief Al Compaan responded to the arrest: “We recognize the emotion that these types of incidents can create and will do our part to hold any perpetrator accountable if we establish that a crime has been committed. We appreciate the ongoing support of the community in the interest of public safety.”
Edmonds Police urge the public to always report matters such as this so that they can be investigated.