EVERETT, Wash. — Three people were arrested Thursday in connection with a homicide earlier this month where a man was left to freeze to death while tied to a tree, police said.
Around 2 a.m. police arrested a woman for suspicion of second degree homicide. Police then arrested two men later in the day; one for suspicion of second degree homicide and one for suspicion of first degree robbery, according to Sgt. Maryjane Hacker with Everett Police. All three suspects are from the Everett area. Police are currently searching an Everett apartment where one of the men lived.
On Jan. 4, Everett police responded to a body found in a wooded area in the 1800 block of 41st Street, near the Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery and the Everett Daily Herald building.
Hacker says 46-year-old Michael T. Boon died due to hypothermia. It was considered a homicide because he was only partially clothed and tied to a tree. It is believed he died on or around Jan. 1, Hacker said. Court documents stated temperatures dropped to 33 degrees that night.
Prosecutors said the trio worked to trick the victim into paying for sex with the woman and buying a hotel room for the night with no intention of actually providing sex, but they became angered when it turned out the victim did not have enough money in his bank account to withdraw money from an ATM.
One of the men choked the victim unconscious, then removed most of his clothes and tied him to a tree, prosecutors said. Evidence from the scene suggested the Boon eventually regained consciousness and struggled to get free, but was unable to, prosecutors said.
All three are expected to make their first court appearance later Friday.