Cetin was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor by Island County authorities.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
September 25, 2016
Burlington, Washington – On Saturday, Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor who is originally from Turkey was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. in connection with Friday’s deadly massacre inside a Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. Cetin went to the store and randomly killed five shoppers, four women, one male ranging from ages 16 to 95 and then fled from the crime scene.
Cetin is a legal resident, according to police.
Police say, that Cetin went to Macy’s first to check out the scene, then went outside and armed himself. After ten minutes, he went back inside and shot most of the victims by the make-up department.
Cetin, as a suspect was first described as a Hispanic male and not as a Muslim. He is not Hispanic, but of the Muslim faith. Turkey follows the religion of Islam.
A tip led authorities to Cetin. Authorities from Island County spotted Cetin walking along the side of a roadway and took him into custody without incident.
The Cascade Mall remained closed on Saturday and will reopen on Sunday.
Macy’s released the following statement, “We are devastated by the tragic events that occurred last night at Cascade Mall. Our hearts are with our Burlington store, the families and loved ones of the victims, and the entire community. We are working closely with local law enforcement authorities as the investigation continues to unfold. They will be providing updates as the situation develops.”
The following five victims were identified by relatives:
• Sarai Lara, 16, of Mount Vernon was a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School
• Belinda Galde, 64, was a the daughter of Dotson
• Beatrice Dotson, 95, was the mother of Galde
• Shayla Martin, 52, of Mount Vernon worked at the Macy’s make-up department
• Willton “Chuck” Eagan, 61, of Lake Stevens worked for Boeing maintenance worker.