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CAPTURED: King County man accused of punching woman in the face wanted for DV felony violations

CAPTURED Aug. 25, 2017 — 

The King County Sheriff’s Office says Arbie Melvin was captured and taken to the Okanogan County Jail. Details of the arrest were not immediately known.

This story is developing and will be updated as soon as we learn more.

WANTED IN KING COUNTY Aug. 21, 2017 — King County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for your help to find 26-year-old Arbie Melvin who is accused of assaulting a woman in Kent by punching her in the jaw and head with a closed fist.

The victim could not call 911 because he smashed her phone. Police say a witness called police after seeing Melvin grabbing the victim in the parking lot of her apartment but Melvin ran off before officers arrived.

He was arrested the next day when he returned to the scene but has since not shown up for his court hearings so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. “He’s got a couple of felony no contact order violations against his girlfriend that he has been found guilty of but didn’t show up for sentencing,” said. King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Houck.

Melvin is 6 feet tall, 160lbs, with blue eyes. His criminal history includes Theft of a Firearm and Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order.  “He seems to be a tough guy with his girlfriend but when he deals with police, he’s cooperative,” said Sgt. Houck.

He has been couch surfing and bouncing back and forth between Puyallup, Kent and Everett.

Melvin is known to hang out at skate parks and often pawns items along Highway 99 and at the Cash America stores.  “He’s stolen a few things and there’s been some property crimes he’s committed against people so he could be a nuisance to the general public as well,” said Sgt. Houck.

If you can tell deputies where to find him, submit a tip to Crime Stoppers by using the P3 Tips app on your phone or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. It is anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 being offered for any information that leads to his arrest.