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Investigators arrest man in connection with Wash. courthouse attack

By Emily Heffter, The Seattle Times –

SEATTLE — Authorities in Washington state have arrested the suspect in Friday’s Grays Harbor County Courthouse attack after his mother called police to turn him in, said Undersheriff Rick Scott.

Scott said the mother of the 34-year-old suspect called a Thurston County dispatch center after police released a flier with her photo and her son’s photo. She told police that her son, Steven Daniel Kravetz, was at her Olympia, Wash., home.

Kravetz was arrested without incident at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Evidence linking him to the assault, including a handgun belonging to the injured deputy, was recovered, the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said.

Kravetz is a suspect in the attack Friday at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse that left a judge and the sheriff’s deputy wounded.

Scott said Kravetz’s mother picked him up at an attorney’s office after the attack and drove him to Olympia. Authorities are interviewing the mother, Roberta L. Dougherty, 58.

She picked him up at 3 p.m. and gave him a ride, possibly to the Olympia area, Undersheriff Rick Scott had said before the arrest. They left Montesano in a silver Ford Focus with Washington plate AEX8372.

Investigators don’t know where Kravetz lives, though his mother has an Olympia-area Post Office box, Scott said at the time.

The Sheriff’s Department said Deputy Polly Davin, responding to a report of a suspicious man, confronted a well-dressed man inside the courthouse just after noon Friday. The man gave his name as “Michael Thomas,” Scott said.

During an ensuing struggle, Davin was stabbed and shot with her own handgun. Superior Court Judge David Edwards was stabbed when he intervened, according to the sheriff’s office.

The attacker ran from the courthouse with the deputy’s handgun, Scott said.

Both Edwards, 63, and Davin, 45, were treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital and released on Friday night.

About 100 officers from across the region have been involved in the manhunt, which locked down the town of 4,000.

Kravetz lived in the county between 2005 and 2007, when officers issued a warrant for Kravetz’s arrest for what Scott called a “domestic violence situation.”

He has 2008 felony convictions in Lewis County for third-degree assault with a weapon and making a false statement to a public servant, according to court records. In that incident, he was arrested after he refused to cooperate with police after being kicked out of a Centralia public library, said Centralia police Sgt. Stacy Denham.

Denham said Kravetz got into an argument with another library patron. Kravetz tried to evade officers, then lied to them and said his name was David Martin Anderson, Denham said.

Officers used a Taser on him when he fought arrest, Denham said.

Officers learned his real name from his mother, who was with him at the library, and discovered a warrant was out for his arrest in Montesano. They also found part of a pair of scissors in Kravetz’s pocket, he said.

Dougherty, who is also known as Roberta St. George, doesn’t appear to have a criminal history in Washington, according to court records.

“We don’t know what her knowledge or involvement is” in Friday’s attack, Undersheriff Scott said, adding: “We’re concerned for her welfare. We don’t know what his mental, emotional state was following the incident.”

Investigators don’t know why Kravetz was at the courthouse Friday, but they said he got there on a transit bus from Thurston County.

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