A man who allegedly beat and kidnapped his wife’s boyfriend is in jail along with three of his cohorts, police say.
A man who reportedly enlisted the aid of friends to help persuade his wife to stop seeing another man is in jail after his attempted couple’s “intervention” went awry, Seattle police said.
The husband, a 48-year-old Seattle man, was arrested Sunday after police say he beat, bound and threw his 37-year-old wife’s boyfriend into the couple’s Lexus, which was involved in a hit-and-run collision a short time later. Three other men have also been jailed in connection with the bizarre incident that unfolded over five hours, police said.
Police were initially called to an apartment in the 300 block of Queen Anne North at about 11 a.m. Sunday by a woman who reported that family members were trying to stage an intervention on her, said police spokesman Drew Fowler. The woman was not clear about what the intervention was about, but said she had locked herself in a bedroom, Fowler said.
Turns out, the woman’s 40-year-old boyfriend was also in the bedroom with her, he said.
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When officers arrived they quickly surmised “the boyfriend’s presence was making everything much, much worse,” Fowler said. Police ordered the boyfriend to leave.
There were about 10 people in the apartment at that time, police said in the document of probable cause that lays out the case of police and prosecutors, and officers were unaware that the woman’s husband had also slipped out of the apartment.
Fowler said the husband followed the boyfriend to the parking garage and beat and abducted his rival.
The husband drove off with the boyfriend and was involved in a hit-and-run collision near North 40th Street and Stone Way North, Fowler said.
The husband surrendered after officers called him on his cellphone and persuaded him to give himself up, police said. The boyfriend was freed, police said.
The husband and three other men, aged 28, 22 and 21, were arrested.
The relationship between the four suspects was not immediately clear on Monday, but police said the three younger men were the husband’s accomplices during the intervention on Queen Anne. All four men were booked into King County Jail on investigation of kidnapping and assault, police said.
On Monday, bail was set for each of the four men at $150,000.
Fowler said the boyfriend was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Seattle Times staff reporter Steve Miletich contributed to this story.