Armed man who caused Seattle-area court evacuation arrested

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Posted: May 24, 2015 3:34 PM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a man who prompted the evacuation of a Washington state courthouse has been arrested without incident about a mile away from the building.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the man was seen armed with a knife and a crowbar Sunday morning inside the county courthouse in Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton says that while the courthouse is closed on weekends, personnel from various departments remain on-site around the clock. It's unclear how many people were in the building.

The suspect was identified as a 25-year-old from Everett. The sheriff's office says a knife was found nearby when he was arrested.

The only injury reported during the incident was to a courthouse worker who hurt herself while evacuating.

Everett police and the sheriff's property crimes unit are investigating.