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7-Eleven persons of interest in custody

They were captured east of Enunclaw

 

Last updated 3/19/2020 at 9:54am

Brian Soergel

Edmonds Police Sgt. Josh McClure speaks to reporters Monday, March 16, about the capture of two persons of interest in an Edmonds murder.

Edmonds police Sgt. Josh McClure announced March 15 that – with the help of the Metro SWAT team, local authorities in Enumclaw, available information, and tips from the community – two people of interest were taken into custody related to the Feb. 21 homicide investigation at 7-Eleven on Highway 99 in Edmonds.

Killed was 64-year-old Nagendiram Kandasamy of Edmonds.

A vehicle of interest, a white Nissan, was also seized as possible evidence. Both of the suspects were already wanted by the Department of Corrections. They were ultimately booked into the Snohomish County Jail, McClure said in a follow-up news conference March 16 at the Edmonds Police Station.

"We discovered that those subjects had access to a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle seen on the video evidence that we recovered," McClure said. One of the two subjects is a 23-year-old male from Enumclaw with an outstanding arrest warrant from the Department of Corrections for escaping from community custody.

"The initial crime was identity theft," McClure said, "but more importantly, there was a warning that he was that he also may be armed."

McClure said the man also had 10 felony convictions.

The other person of interest is a 24-year-old female from Auburn. She had an outstanding arrest warrant for first-degree robbery. She had one felony conviction and multiple misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor convictions.

McClure said Edmonds detectives' partnership with local and regional law enforcement led them to an address in the 40100 block of 180th Avenue, which is just east of Lake Tapps and the White River Amphitheatre in King County.

The suspected vehicle that Edmonds police had earlier identified fleeing 7-Eleven had been seen at the location.

Due to both of the subjects' criminal histories and the seriousness of the crime, North Sound Metro SWAT was called in to approach and contact the residents around 11 p.m. Saturday night, March 14.

Both persons of interest – who were armed – refused to come out of the residence, McClure said, instead barricading themselves inside.

After a five-hour standoff, McClure said police determined that one or both of the subjects had entered the attic.

The SWAT team lobbed tear gas into the home, but the two subjects refused to surrender.

At about 4 a.m., the SWAT team, joined by a K-9 officer, entered the home and found the subjects in the garage. They were both taken into custody. No one was injured.

The victim: 64-year-old Nagendiram Kandasamy of Edmonds.

McClure said the subjects have not yet been charged, as police continue to gather evidence, including searching the home and the car.

McClure said those involved in the capture of the subjects included the Mountain View Fire and Rescue; the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Major Crimes Unit; the King County Sheriff's Office; Auburn Police Department; and the Department of Corrections. "We'd also like to thank the community for their patience, as our detectives have worked tirelessly to get to this point. But we still have work to do. We encourage anyone who may know something about this case, or who knows these subjects, to contact us."

You can use the tip line at 425-771-0212, email police [email protected], or contact CrimeStoppers.

 

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