Arson suspect in police standoff at Federal Way condo
By ANDY HOBBS
Federal Way Mirror Editor
July 19, 2012 · Updated 9:43 AM
Valley SWAT apprehended an arson suspect during an hours-long standoff at a Federal Way condominium complex.
At 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, Federal Way police were called to the 100 block of South 340th Place at the Heritage Condos, just off 1st Avenue South. The caller reported witnessing a physical assault, according to police.
The suspect retreated into his apartment and did not comply with requests to surrender, police reported. Surrounding apartments were evacuated.
The Valley SWAT team was called to the location and extracted the suspect from the building at about 1:30 p.m. July 17. The suspect was loaded into an ambulance for medical treatment. The suspect, who had prior contact with Federal Way police, was wanted on a felony arson warrant in Pierce County.
According to Federal Way police, the suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries from K-9 contact, and for a mental evaluaton. He was expected to be arrested on the felony warrant upon his release from the hospital.
Police identified the man as Kyu-Chang Park. The suspect faces first-degree attempted arson charges for a Feb. 9 incident, in which he allegedly set fire to a mattress at his Tacoma apartment, according to The News Tribune.Contact Federal Way Mirror Editor Andy Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-253-925-5565 (ext 5050).