Neighbor: Mall Shooting Suspect Was 'Creepy'

Arcan Cetin had many run-ins with the law
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2016 12:33 AM CDT
Neighbor: Mall Shooting Suspect Was 'Creepy'
The Washington State Patrol tweeted this photo of Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, Wash.   (Washington State Patrol)

The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter was described by a neighbor in Oak Harbor, Wash., as so "creepy, rude, and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door. He also had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather. As investigators tried to piece together information on Arcan Cetin, who was arrested Saturday evening after a nearly 24-hour manhunt, a picture emerged of a troubled young man, the AP reports. Court records show more than a half-dozen criminal cases involving Cetin in Island County alone since 2013.

The Seattle Times reports that court records show Cetin faced three charges of assaulting his stepfather, and he also faced drunk driving charges. In the assault case, Cetin was told by a judge last December that he was not to possess a gun. However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was "going through a hard time." Cetin is expected to make an initial court appearance Monday, and there has been no official word on a motive. Police say they've interviewed the suspect's former girlfriend, who has worked in a different Macy's. (More Arcan Cetin stories.)

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