UPDATE 10/06/2012: Everett Police reported today that the 91-year-old man who was the victim has died. The Medical Examiner will determine if his death is related to this assault.
On August 24th, 2012, a 26-year-old Everett man allegedly robbed a 91-year-old man while he was walking to pay for his gas at Arco (9931 19th Ave SE). It is believed the suspect, now identified as Patrick Hartness, approached the victim in the parking lot, assaulted him and took his wallet. Hartness was arrested a short distance away and has been in custody at the Snohomish County Jail since that time.
After the arrest, detectives with the Everett Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit have investigated the incident and now believe Hartness is a suspect in several recent Snohomish County burglaries. Detectives conclude that Hartness targeted elderly victims in their 90’s for their checks and credit cards which he and other suspects fraudulently used for personal gain.
It is believed there are additional elderly victims who have not reported burglaries or may not realize they were victimized. We would like anyone with information regarding these burglaries, or is a victim, to please call the Everett Police Department TIP LINE at (425) 257-8450.