Issaquah family held hostage is released

Issaquah family held hostage is released

Issaquah Police brought in the Crisis Negotiation Team to assist in hostage negotiation.

A family is recovering from a traumatic experience and a suspect is believed dead after a hostage situation shocked the community of Issaquah.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, a 28-year-old male entered a residence on the 5200 block of Isola Place Northwest with a handgun and held a family of four hostage.

The family included children, both 5 and 8 years old.

Before the suspect entered the home, a resident had called the police and reported a suspicious male lurking outside. When officers arrived on scene they were unable to locate anyone outside.

The suspect is reported to be the brother of the home’s resident, and had a felony warrant.

The Issaquah Police Department (IPD) responded by setting up a perimeter around the home. The department also called in the King County Sheriff’s Office TAC30 SWAT Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team.

After about 5 and a half hours of negotiations, an adult and two children were separated from both the suspect and another hostage in a coordinated effort led by SWAT. About 10 hours later, the final hostage inside the building was released. None of the hostages were physically harmed.

Officers reported that there were 16 hours of active negotiations between the agencies and the suspect, Blake Parviar.

“There was a shot fired through the floor when SWAT was in the house,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson. The shot is believed to be fired from the suspect’s handgun, and no officers were injured.

Parviar was held up in the house for several hours after the final hostage left the building. Reports came in at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 of a fire at the residence, and Eastside Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to the scene. EFR also was protecting other homes in the area, according to IPD Twitter updates.

IPD held a press conference on at about 5 p.m. on Sunday evening where they relayed that the Valley SWAT Team (who came in to relieve the TAC30 SWAT Team) released a gas canister into the residence, taking place hours before the first reported fire. Following the fire, the residence is unsalvageable due to portions of the roof collapsing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A dead body — believed to be the suspect — was found within the home.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

File photo
Survey data suggests how the pandemic has changed attitudes toward housing in King County

More than half of King County survey participants say they will move in the next five years.

Clouds.
King County weather: Dec. 9-13

Here’s the King County area weather forecast for Dec. 9-13, 2021. Thursday… Continue reading

Redmond’s Silver Cloud Inn, purchased by county to become permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless (photo credit: Cameron Sheppard)
King County Council approves plan for future of housing-first approach to homelessness

The plan will govern expenditures of Health through Housing dollars from 2022 to 2028.

Screenshot from Claudia Balducci’s Twitter account
King County Council approves unique public-private partnership for Eastrail project

Funding approved to construct key Eastrail/520 Trail Corridor connector in Bellevue.

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
King County woman among first in state to test positive for Omicron

Omicron appears to be more transmissible than the Delta variant.

File photo
Black drivers disproportionately pulled over by WSP in King, Pierce counties

A study by WSU researchers examined over 3 million traffic stops performed by WSP officers.

(L-R): Charlie Arnold, Siena Krueger, Alex Schoenstadt, Ava Uribe, Emmie Kelly (courtesy of Eastside Catholic)
Student athletes at Eastside Catholic sign national letters of intent

Several student athletes commit to Power-5 conference athletic programs.

Screenshot
King County weather: Dec. 3-5

Here is your King County area weather forecast for Dec. 3-5, 2021.… Continue reading

Keith Wagoner
Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

Most Read