SEATTLE (AP) — A multistate manhunt is under way for a man accused of killing the Seattle-area grandparents who picked him up after his release from a Washington state prison, hosted a party in his honor and offered him a room for the night.
Michael "Chadd" Boysen, 26, is considered extremely dangerous and has tried to obtain guns, police said Monday.
"I can't stress how dangerous this guy is," King County Sheriff John Urquhart said at a news conference. The sheriff said Boysen had made threats against family members and law enforcement officials, but he did not elaborate.
"We have to catch him as soon as we can," Urquhart said.
Authorities would not say who told them about the threats. Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said civilians brought the information to detectives' attention only after the 82-year-old man and 80-year-old woman were killed.
The bodies were discovered by Boysen's mother Saturday evening. She had been called by a family member who became concerned that the Taylors didn't answer their door.
Family members are under police protection, KING-TV reported.
Boysen was released from prison Friday after serving several years for robbery. His grandparents picked him up from a prison at Monroe, north of Seattle, and hosted a family "welcome home party" for him that night, Urquhart said.
The grandparents were killed later Friday or early Saturday at their Renton home. Authorities believe Boysen also stole their car.
The sheriff said the grandparents were not shot, but he declined to provide other details about their killings, pending autopsies.