Marysville

Police: Victims fight off pair of armed home-invasion robbers

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Four people successfully fought off a pair of gun-toting home-invasion robbers -- both of whom were later arrested -- Thursday afternoon in Marysville, according to the Marysville Police Department.

According to police, a 42-year-old man and 39-year-old woman armed with handguns forced their way into a house in the 10500 block of 56th Drive Northeast around 1:30 p.m. to recover stolen property they believed was in the house.

Once inside, the female suspect pointed a gun at one of the victims and said she would kill him if they didn't get what they were looking for, according to police.

The victim reportedly grabbed the gun away from her while a female victim ran to a bedroom to get bear mace. In the meantime, another male victim was fighting with the male suspect over his gun, which was taken from him after he was hit with the bear mace.

According to police, both suspects ran out of the house. The male suspect didn't make it far -- due to the bear mace -- and was tackled and held down by one of the victims until officers arrived.

The female suspect escaped but called 911 about an hour later to turn herself in, according to police. She was arrested about six blocks from the scene of the crime.

Both suspects were booked into Snohomish County Jail for investigation of robbery, burglary and assault.

Police do not believe there was any stolen property inside the house.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School was put on lockdown for 35 minutes during the search for the female suspect.