Wash. police use fire hose to help capture tree-climbing fugitive

Wash. police use fire hose to help capture tree-climbing fugitive
CLEARVIEW, Wash. -- A wanted man subject of an intense manhunt across parts of Snohomish County has been arrested following a brief standoff with police and a few blasts of a fire hose.

Officers took 22-year-old Vincent Nutter into custody around 8:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of 184th St. SE in Clearview, said Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton.

Nutter had been on the run since early Friday afternoon when he drove off from deputies who were trying to serve a warrant for a weapons violations, Ireton said.

Police chased the car to the area of 180th Street S.E. and James Street where the man ran from the car into the woods.

A massive police response ensued as Nutter was reportedly armed and wearing body armor.

"We were very concerned," Ireton said. "He had made several threats earlier saying he was not going to go back to jail... if there was law enforcement or public in the way that (Nutter) may feel like he had nothing to lose."

Several streets were blocked, a nearby daycare was in lockdown, and residents within a one-mile radius of the scene were told to stay indoors for much of the afternoon as police dogs searched the ground while a U.S Customs helicopter looked for Nutter from the skies.

"First thing I was thinking -- I hope he wasn't going to be shooting out of the woods at us," said neighbor David Jewett. "Since they're not telling us to leave I feel pretty safe to hang out find out what's going on."


Vincent Nutter
Police released the restrictions just before 6 p.m. when the search came up empty.

But later that evening, a neighbor spotted Nutter walking down the road and called police, Ireton said. Nutter ran and then climbed 40 feet up a tree.

Officers tried to talk him down to no avail. That's when a fire truck arrived and sprayed Nutter with a fire hose. After a few blasts of water, Nutter surrendered and came down the tree.

"It was a good way to convince him that we were going to make it very uncomfortable for him should he want to stay there much longer," Ireton said. "After a few blasts with the water hose, he came down voluntarily."

Nutter was to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail on his outstanding warrants but Ireton says additional charges may be pending for eluding police and car theft.