An alert desk clerk's tip to police lead to the capture of a fugitive wanted for murder. The suspect had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt.
According to Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Kilian, a night clerk at the Westshore Oceanfront Suites told police she recognized him from a news report as the man who checked in Monday night.
"The desk clerk was watching a morning [television] program and she saw information on a guy that was outstanding," Kilian said. "She checked the hotel registration and thought, ‘My God, he checked in last night.'"
The murder suspect barricaded himself in the Lincoln City motel room Tuesday morning as law enforcement officials, backed by an Oregon State Police SWAT team, attempted to negotiate his surrender.
Michael "Chadd" Boysen, 26, wanted for questioning in the killing of his grandparents, is believed to have checked in at the motel on Monday night, Kilian said.
Police attempted to talk the suspect in Room 7 at the motel at 3127 S.W. Anchor Ave. into surrendering after trying to negotiate for several hours.
Kilian said law enforcement personnel breached a window with water cannons and used a loud hailer, urging the man to give himself up without incident.
Arrangements were made for persons evacuated from the area to go to nearby Oregon Coast Community College for shelter, the police said.
Several Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln City Police Department patrol cars gathered at the Lincoln City Cinemas at 3755 S.E. High School Drive at approximately 10:30 a.m. to organize pursuit of the suspect, described as white, 5-feet, 7-inches tall, and weighing about 170 pounds.
"He’s not wanting to come out,” Kilian said in the movie theater parking lot as police and sharpshooters were being briefed. “He checked in using his correct name, and his driver’s license, so we suspect it’s one and the same."
Boysen was released from a Washington state prison Friday after serving time for robbery, and his grandparents picked him up, authorities said. He is suspected of killing the 82-year-old man and 80-year-old woman Friday night or early Saturday at their home in the Fairwood area of Renton, Wash., police said.
Friends and family members identified the elderly couple as Robert R. and Norma J. Taylor. Authorities have not said how they died.
According to Internet reports, King County Sheriff John Urquhart said Monday that Boysen was extremely dangerous.
Police said they believe the grandparents were killed after hosting a party for Boysen. Boysen had been in prison since 2006 on three robbery convictions in King County, a state corrections department official said.
"They brought him back to the house, they fixed up a room for him to stay in," Urquhart said. “All the things you would expect grandparents to do for a 26-year-old grandson. We are at a loss as to why he killed them.”
According to news reports in Washington, local detectives learned Boysen had talked about killing his grandparents and law enforcement personnel when he got out of jail.
Police said the credibility of the information was bolstered by Boysen’s alleged Internet searches around the time of his relatives’ murder. He reportedly had conducted web searches for gun shows across the Pacific Northwest and Nevada.
His family was warned and is being cared for by police.
Washington police said Boysen’s grandparents’ daughter last heard from them around 10 p.m. Friday. Another family member became concerned when the Taylors didn’t answer the door Saturday and called their daughter. She went to check on them around 7 p.m. Saturday and found their bodies.
Authorities wouldn't say how the two died until an autopsy is completed, but said they were not shot.
Police issued a warrant for Boysen's arrest and said he might be driving his grandparents' car, a red 2001 Chrysler 300 with Washington license 046 XXU.