Edmonds Police Department, with assistance from Seattle Police and alert community members, were able to locate and arrest 43-year-old Ian S. Barmel-Allen for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Barmel-Allen was wanted for stabbing 37-year-old man to death in a parking lot at an Edmonds business complex on April 19 and stealing his vehicle before fleeing the scene. The victim’s vehicle was found abandoned in Seattle early Thursday morning and was impounded for evidence. Barmel-Allen was spotted a few hours later in the area. He initially fled from SPD officers but was taken into custody after a short foot chase. He was taken to an area hospital for self-inflicted wounds and turned over to the custody of Edmonds Police.

The original incident occurred shortly before 8:45 PM when the victim walked from a nearby store to his vehicle. Responding officers provided medical treatment to the victim until fire/EMS arrived, but unfortunately, the victim succumbed to his injuries before being transported from the scene. Multiple witnesses provided officers with crucial information about what had occurred. Investigators have determined this was likely not a random attack and are still investigating how the victim and suspect knew each other and why they were together at this location. Anyone with information about the incident or Barmel-Allen’s whereabouts before or after the incident can contact the Edmonds Police Department via email at [email protected] or by calling EPD.