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Two suspects arrested in Pinewood vandalism case


January 10, 2018 | View PDF

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Bullet holes in a windows of Pinewood Elementary caused by vandalism on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Two suspects were arrested on Jan. 4 in connection with vandalism to Marysville's Pinewood Elementary caused largely by discharging a firearm or firearms into the school.

The school is believed to have been empty at the time of the shooting and no one is believed to have been harmed.

Marysville police officers believe the vandalism to be an isolated incident and that the perpetrators had no intention of causing harm.

Estimates now put the damage in the range of $35,000 to $50,000 for the Marysville School District, according to Marysville Police Commander Mark Thomas.

Currently, local police officers think that the shots were fired into the building between 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 12:25 a.m. on Jan. 1.

New Year's fireworks going off may have masked the sound of gun shots at the time, according to Thomas.

In fact, the vandalism wasn't discovered until the next day, at about 1 p.m., when a neighbor investigated an alarm going off at the elementary school and reported the bullet holes in the windows.

More than 20 windows and several doors were damaged. The library of the school received the most damage.

Thomas said that it was the biggest act of school vandalism he's seen in Marysville.

"We've seen nothing of this significance before," he said.

"We've seen school windows be shot with BB guns and a couple of years ago there was a port-o-potty set on fire along with some windows being damaged, but we've never really seen anything that was this extensive," he said.

Following a tip received Wednesday night, two local males were arrested in connection with the incident.

One was a 19-year-old Marysville resident and the other was an 18-year-old Tulalip resident.

Both were booked at the Snohomish County Jail on class B felony charges of malicious mischief in the first degree.

Additional charges are being reviewed as well, according to Thomas.

The investigation is still ongoing with additional suspects still being looked at.

Police officers say that their original evaluation that this was an isolated act of vandalism which was not meant to harm anyone is still the most likely explanation.

"After the apprehension of the two suspects we've got nothing from them that would change that assessment," said Thomas.

Local police officers still put extra patrols on the school as students returned, according to Thomas, and a School Resource Officer was available throughout the day at Pinewood.

The $35,000 to $50,000 estimated damage include many building components that will need to be replaced at the school.

"Most of that is broken windows, damage to doors and locks, and then some of the bullets went through the windows and damaged equipment inside. For instance, one microwave was destroyed," said Thomas.

That figure also includes the labor costs. "School staff came out to clean up and it was a holiday so that's increased pay," said Thomas.

Those who have information and would like to submit a tip anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-8477.

Locals can also submit a tip directly to Marysville police detectives by calling 360-363-8350.


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