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Grandson suspect in elderly grandparent’s murder

Cops around King County are looking for the grandson of an elderly couple who were found dead inside their home March 9 in the 16200 block of 145th Avenue SE in Renton.

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LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — The King County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Boysen, suspected of killing his grandparents, is at a Lincoln City, Ore., motel.

Lincoln City police lieutenant Jerry Palmer told KPTV they are on scene and a man, who they believe is Boysen, is barricaded inside a motel room. The motel has been evacuated and surrounding city streets are blocked.

A law enforcement source said that Boysen registered under his own name at the motel. The source said the motel’s clerk saw his picture on TV and called police. Police have since heard a single gunshot come from the wound, but they are not sure if he is trying to lure the SWAT team in or if he shot himself.

It was unclear if Boysen had a hostage in the hotel room, police said.

Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff’s Office said that a SWAT team is staged near the Westshore Oceanfront Motel, located at 3127 SW Anchor Ave.

Boysen, 26, has been part of a manhunt that began shortly after his grandparents’ bodies were discovered in their home on Feb. 9. Police said that his grandparents had held a party for him — after they picked him up he from prison — and they believe the elderly couple was killed after the party.

According to KPTV in Oregon, when police first questioned Boysen outside his room, he told them to “leave him alone.”

Lincoln police have tried to negotiate with Boysen most of the day. So far, he hasn’t cooperated much, KPTV.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart said he couldn’t “stress enough” how dangerous Boysen might be.

“He is certainly dangerous to citizens,” Boysen said. “He’s dangerous to police officers as well.”

Authorities said that Boysen was a threat to the public and police and they believed he was trying to purchase more guns. Boysen’s fellow prisoners talked about his intentions to harm his family while he was in prison.

SEATTLE — King County Sheriff John Urquhart spoke of the threat double murder suspect Michael “Chadd” Boysen poses to both the public and police.

RENTON — King County Sheriff’s detectives said the suspect in a double murder of an elderly couple is looking to buy guns, and should be considered an “extreme danger” to the public and police.

According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, murder suspect Michael Boysen, 26, did multiple Internet searches for gun shows across the Pacific Northwest and Nevada shortly before his grandparents were found dead Saturday night in the 16200 block of 145th Avenue SE in Renton.

Boysen is suspected of murdering Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, in their Fairwood home sometime late Friday night or Saturday morning.

Boysen photo 2Boysen was recently released from prison after serving a year for burglary. He has a long history of crime, including several robberies, police said.

Boysen is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Missing from the home was the couple’s car, a red 2001 Chrysler 300 with Washington license plates 046-XXU. 

Investigators are asking anyone who has seen Boysen or the car to call 911.

Friends of the couple, like Patty Laronde, have fond memories of the slain pair. Robert Taylorwas a well-respected member of the church, she said.

“He’s touched the lives of hundreds and maybe even thousands of people out there with his service,” she said. “So I know he’s well-known and I know he’s well-respected.”

Now, people in Renton are coping with the difficult loss.

“It’s kind of sad he’s not going to be there to greet you anymore,” Gilman said. “He’s just not going to be there anymore.”

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RENTON — Cops around King County are looking for the grandson of an elderly couple who were found dead inside their home Saturday evening in the 16200 block of 145th Avenue SE in Renton.

King County Sgt. Cindi West said 26-year-old Michael Boysen is wanted for questioning after his grandparents Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, were found dead in their home Saturday.

Detectives know Boysen was at the victim’s residence Saturday night, but haven’t been able to locate him. Boysen’s criminal record includes six felonies, several for robberies, and one for an attempted home burglary, West said.

Detectives said the Taylors’ daughter discovered the couple when she went to check on them at their home.

“Any type of situation like this, we’re nervous. We don’t have a person in custody and we have two people that are deceased at the scene, so absolutely — we’re nervous,” West said.

Boysen is 5’10″ tall and 170 pounds. Missing from the home was the couple’s car, a red 2001 Chrysler 300 with Washington license plates 046-XXU. Investigators are asking anyone who has seen Boysen or  the car to call 911.

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