Mall sus­pect had his­tory of ar­rests, records show

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Martha Bellisle and Lisa Baumann

OAK HAR­BOR, Wash. — The 20-year-old man sus­pected of killing five peo­ple with a ri­fle at a Macy’s makeup counter 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 af­ter a nearly 24-hour man­hunt, a pic­ture emerged of a trou­bled man. Court records show more than a half­dozen crim­i­nal cases in Is­land County alone, stretch­ing to 2013.

Authorities said the gun­man in the at­tack at the Cas­cade Mall in Burling­ton opened fire on the cos­met­ics depart­ment in Macy’s on Fri­day night, killing a man and four fe­males rang­ing from a teenager to a se­nior cit­i­zen. The killer then fled.

Cetin said noth­ing and ap­peared “zom­bie-like” when he was taken into cus­tody on a side­walk some 30 miles away in Oak Har­bor by a sher­iff’s of­fi­cer who rec­og­nized him as the sus­pect in the ram­page, authorities said.

Cetin was ar­rested near the apart­ment com­plex where he was be­lieved to be liv­ing.

Cetin im­mi­grated to the U.S. from Turkey and is a le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dent, of­fi­cials said.

As sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties ab­sorbed news of the ar­rest, crit­i­cal ques­tions re­mained, in­clud­ing the gun­man’s mo­tive. The FBI said early Satur­day there was no in­di­ca­tion the shoot­ing was ter­ror­ism, but lo­cal authorities said later in the day that they were rul­ing noth­ing out.

On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed and wounded 10 peo­ple at a Min­nesota mall be­fore be­ing shot to Se­lena Orozco, 15, left, and Rachel Marsh, 15, carry flow­ers Satur­day as they at­tend a prayer ser­vice in Se­dro-Wool­ley, Wash., for vic­tims of a mall at­tack in nearby Burling­ton. death by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer. Authorities said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack by Dahir Ahmed Adan as a pos­si­ble act of ter­ror­ism.

On Sun­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched Cetin’s ve­hi­cle and the apart­ment com­plex and were seen car­ry­ing boxes from a rear, up­stairs unit. The four-unit build­ing was sur­rounded with yel­low po­lice tape.

The Seat­tle Times re­ported that court records show he faced three charges of as­sault­ing his step­fa­ther. The news­pa­per said Cetin also was ar­rested on drunken driv­ing charges. It gave no de­tails on when the ar­rests took place or how the cases may have been re­solved.

In the as­sault case, Cetin was told by a judge last De­cem­ber that he was not to pos­sess a gun, the news­pa­per re­ported. How­ever, the step­fa­ther urged the judge not to im­pose a no­con­tact or­der, say­ing his step­son was “go­ing through a hard time.”

At­tempts to reach Cetin’s fam­ily and friends for Cetin com­ment weren’t suc­cess­ful. A man who came to the door Sun­day at an Oak Har­bor ad­dress be­lieved to be where Cetin’s step­fa­ther and mother live asked a reporter to leave the prop­erty.

Neigh­bor Jon John­son said he be­lieved Ar­can Cetin still lived at the house. John­son said he had many dis­putes with the step­fa­ther.

“Two years ago on the Fourth of July we were hav­ing a func­tion with our friends and his dad set tires on fire in the back­yard,” he said.

So­cial me­dia ac­counts ap­par­ently be­long­ing to Cetin showed he had a fond­ness for the mil­i­tary and video games.

A Twit­ter ac­count showed, among other things, self­ies, photos of him in younger years and pic­tures of Turk­ish food.

He once par­tic­i­pated in paint­ball and said he “can’t wait for Halo 5,” the first­per­son shooter video game. A Face­book ac­count showed he liked mil­i­taryre­lated sites.

TED S. WAR­REN/AP

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