Woman killed at Lakewood barbershop, man arrested

LAKEWOOD, Wash. --  Authorities are investigating the death of a 57-year-old woman at a Lakewood barbershop.

Lakewood Police say they responded to the business in the 9100 block of Veterans Drive SW at 12:01 p.m. Thursday after the woman was found unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say a 31-year-old man arrested in connection with a series of other crimes in the Lakewood area is believed to be connected to the woman's death.

Police say the alleged crimes included an attempted carjacking in the 9100 block of Highland Avenue SW. The man is accused of assaulting a man in that incident as well as an armed break-in in the 8700 block of Highland Avenue SW.

He was spotted by police at about 12:14 p.m. in the 12500 block of Naomilawn Drive SW.  He was armed with a machete and taken into custody after a stand-off, police said in a release. A 38-year-old woman who was spotted with him at some of the alleged crimes was arrested nearby and booked on unrelated warrants, police said.

Officials are investigating whether she was involved with the murder.

The man was taken to the hospital to be evaluated after his arrest. He is expected to face murder, burglary and assault charges once he is released from the hospital, officials said.

The victim's identity was not released.

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