Police arrest 5 suspected gang members
EVERETT — Five suspected gang members were arrested in south Everett on the evening of May 29.
Detectives have investigated and built cases to pursue criminal charges against the three juveniles and two adults. Three incidents were investigated: Two assaults and one robbery. Each of the arrested individuals is allegedly involved in at least one incident.
One of the assaults was targeted against a suspected member of another gang in the 100 block of W. Casino Road in April.
A shooting at the Horizon Elementary School basketball court on May 3 is not one of the incidents tied to these five suspects. Police have not confirmed neighbors’ suspicions that this was a gang-related incident.
“This incident is still under investigation,” officer Aaron Snell said.
The juveniles, aged 15, 16 and 17, were booked into Denney Juvenile Justice Center and the adults, aged 22 and 18, were booked into Snohomish County Jail.
All of the suspected gang members are Everett residents.
Detectives have been tracking increased gang-related activity in the area since January. Police officers have been participating in community meetings to connect with residents to talk about the increased gang activity. These programs allow residents to help fight crime, such as through block watch programs.
They have also worked with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to address graffiti activity occurring outside of Everett’s city limits. Though graffiti is being tracked and monitored in the area, the five arrested are not accused of graffiti activity.
Detectives are also working to encourage at-risk youth to participate in outreach programs instead of illegal activity.
“We’ve had tremendous support from the community, particularly those along Casino Road, who have been working for years to create safer neighborhoods in south Everett,” Deputy Chief and incoming Police Chief Dan Templeman said in a press release.