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With son in jail after manhunt, attention turns to fugitive father

With son in jail after manhunt, attention turns to fugitive father
EVERETT, Wash. -- On Friday, after an intense manhunt across parts of Snohomish County, police arrested Vincent Nutter in Clearview following a brief standoff with police and a few blasts of a fire hose.

The 22-year-old man is in custody at the Snohomish County jail facing weapons violations and charges of eluding police.

Now the attention turns to finding his father, Mark Nutter.

Officers say the elder Nutter, is also a fugitive--considered armed and dangerous--wanted in connection with firearms violations.

One man claims to have spotted him two days ago.

Tom Tucker, who lives a block from where one of Nutter's relatives lives in Marysville, said he was in line two days ago at a Marysville convenience store behind Mark Nutter.

Tucker didn't know at the time he was a wanted man by police.

"I was down at Circle K, there he was aggravated, and he was in front of me...he was just kind of a jerk," he said.

While the father is still being sought, the son was captured after being forced out of a tree.

A neighbor spotted Nutter walking down the road and called police, Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari 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.

Neighbor Patricia Morrison watched the drama from her home across the street.

She applauds how officers solved the problem---what other reasonable alternative did they have?

"Other than climb up the tree and pull him down, you know, by his feet," she said.

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

Police chased the car to the area of 180th Street S.E. and James Street where he 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.
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