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State Patrol: Suspect arrested after brandishing knife aboard Mukilteo ferry

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MUKILTEO, Wash. - A man is in custody after allegedly brandishing a large knife and threatening a juvenile on board a state ferry Wednesday morning, the Washington State Patrol reports.

State troopers and police responded to the ferry MV Kittitas at the Mukilteo dock at around 7:50 a.m. after receiving reports of someone brandishing a weapon toward a juvenile aboard the vessel, said Trooper Kevin Fortino. The weapon turned out to be a large kitchen knife, he said.

A 39-year-old man was identified and then arrested before anyone was harmed.

A preliminary investigation found that the suspect allegedly brandished the knife and accused the juvenile of theft. The incident began at the Clinton dock on Whidbey Island, and the weapon brandishing occurred as the ferry sailed to Mukilteo, Fortino said.

After a search of the suspect, no weapon was located.

However, a search located a knife aboard the Kittitas in the men’s restroom, which matched the description of the one that was displayed during the confrontation.

"The investigation continues and once completed, charges will be forwarded to the Island County prosecutor for review," Fortino said in a prepared statement.

The incident delayed the ferry schedule by about 30 minutes. Sailings were returning to the normal schedule until early afternoon, when the Kittitas was removed from service to repair problems with the steering gear hatch.

In the meantime, the Mukilteo-Clinton run was operating on a one-boat schedule.

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