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Standoff suspect has long criminal history

FALL CITY - The man who holed himself up with a gun in a downtown Fall City house and triggered an almost six-hour police standoff July 10 is no stranger to crime.

Jonathon Douglas Blankenship, 27, who police say may be from Everett, has been in and out of state prison and the Snohomish County Jail since his juvenile years for charges such as robbery, forgery and possessing stolen property.

"The Sheriff's Office is glad to get him off the streets for however long," said Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office, whose officers surrounded the house in Fall City two weeks ago.

Blankenship is currently being held in the King County Jail in Seattle for violating conditions of community supervision for possessing a gun. Felons are not allowed to have guns, and Blankenship was released from the state Department of Corrections Sept. 29 after serving an almost seven-year sentence for felonies including first-degree robbery, possession of stolen property and forgery.

He served his time at several correctional centers, including Shelton, McNeil Island, Walla Walla, the Olympic Correction Center, Bishop Lewis in Seattle and Twin Rivers in Monroe.

Immediately upon the end of his prison sentence, he was transferred to the Snohomish County Jail to serve time for similar charges, explained Veltry Johnson, spokesperson for the Department of Corrections. Blankenship was released from Snohomish County Jail April 16. A few months later, on July 10, Blankenship got into trouble again, this time in the Snoqualmie Valley.

About 8 a.m., he reportedly hitched a ride from Carnation to a house at 4043 S.E. 336th St. in Fall City, where his girlfriend of three weeks was temporarily staying. Upon leaving the vehicle in which he was riding, Blankenship allegedly flashed a gun and told the driver he was going to shoot somebody.

Police were alerted to the threat, and when they arrived about 10 a.m., they evacuated several people staying in the house, including its owner, Paul Crowder. Blankenship had run up into the attic, which consisted of a crawl space with a ceiling no higher than 3 feet.

SWAT team members, King County officers and police from as far away as Shoreline surrounded the house, blocked off adjacent streets and evacuated six nearby houses. Negotiators stood behind an armored car 10 feet from the house, and with a bullhorn they asked Blankenship to leave the house, or at least communicate with them.

Hours went by and Blankenship did not respond to police and refused to pick up a phone placed inside the door by officers. About 3:40 p.m., while police were still waiting for a warrant to be approved, Blankenship fled out the back door and was apprehended.

Although he has not yet been formally charged by King County prosecutors, Blankenship is being kept in jail and is awaiting a hearing to revoke the court-ordered community supervision heOs under, for which he could be sent back to prison.

After the hearing, he could then face charges from the Fall City standoff, which could include burglary and possession of a weapon, according to Urquhart.

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