Tell us again how gun control is going to stop criminals. If people want to commit a crime, they will find a way. It’s the sad truth but we can fight back by arming ourselves.
The suspect in the Washington state mall shooting was so ‘creepy, rude and obnoxious’, according to his neighbor, that she kept a Taser by her front door out of fear.
Arcan Cetin, 20, an immigrant originally from Adana, Turkey, was arrested near his Oak Harbor home on Saturday after he allegedly killed five people in Macy’s Burlington’s Cascade Mall.
He is facing five counts of first-degree murder. He will be arraigned on Monday.
Amber Cathey, 21, lived in an apartment next to Cetin for the past three months and said she was so frightened by him that she complained to apartment management.
She said she kept a stun gun handy out of fear of Cetin.
Cathey said she blocked him on Snapchat after he sent her a photo of his crotch.
‘He was really creepy, rude and obnoxious,’ Cathey said.
She said she would try to avoid him by walking the long way around to her apartment if she saw his car in the parking lot.
The two were in high school together as well, and Cathey said he acted the same way then.
Another high school classmate, who spoke to DailyMail.com, said she remembers lewd behavior from Cetin.
Uhlaine Finnigan, 19, of Washington, said Cetin sat at her table during her junior year of high school.
‘He would grab or slap girls butts regardless of the blatant lack of consensual agreement. With girls of all grades. He was rude, stubborn, and sexist,’ Finnigan said.
Like Cathey, Finnigan said she steered clear of him and she couldn’t recall many girls who would interact with him.
‘He wasn’t good at speaking to others, regardless of who was nice to him he’d always be off and rude. He didn’t seem to have friends.
‘I didn’t think he’d take it as far as mass murder but I knew he was trouble. Especially when it came to women,’ Finnigan told DailyMail.com.
She said she doesn’t believe growing up in Turkey had anything to do with the attack, but that she thinks something is off with Cetin.
‘I don’t believe his culture has anything to do with him I just think he’s a messed up person.
He’s been a time bomb waiting to go off. This was an attack on women,’ Finnigan added.
Austin Hendrix, 19, told the Seattle Times that Cetin’s behavior also caused him to not be friends with the 20-year-old.
‘In high school he started harassing kids and not being a nice person, so I disassociated with him.
‘He would grope women in high school and middle school,’ Hendrix said.
As investigators tried to piece together information on Cetin, a picture emerged of a troubled young man.
Court records show more than a half-dozen criminal cases in Island County alone since 2013.
Court records show Cetin faced three domestic violence charges for assaulting his stepfather, The Seattle Times reported.
Cetin was struggling with emotional or mental health issues, according to court records. Prosecutors and a defense team were trying to get him help, the Times reported.
The newspaper said Cetin also was arrested on drunken driving charges.
It gave no details on when the arrests took place or how the cases may have been resolved.
In the assault case, Cetin was told by a judge last December that he was not to possess a gun, the newspaper reported.
However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was ‘going through a hard time’.
As more details emerged from Cetin’s past, so did the identities of the five victims of the Cascade Mall shooting.
They are 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson, her daughter Belinda Galde, Chuck Eagan, Shayla Martin and 16-year-old cancer survivor Sarai Lara.
At a press conference on Saturday evening after Cetin’s arrest, police refused to ‘rule out or rule in’ terrorism.
Authorities said he was apprehended by police 30 miles from the scene of the crime in a ‘zombie-like state’ on Saturday evening.
Cetin allegedly took the three legally purchased guns from his father before heading to Macy’s, where his ex-girlfriend once worked, according to KING 5 News.
His ex-girlfriend quit several months ago and was not at the mall at the time of the shooting.
There have been unconfirmed reports the suspect shouted a woman’s name multiple times just moments before opening fire, according to FOX-Q13.
Cetin reportedly opened fire for one minute before he laid down a rifle, a .22 Ruger, on the counter and walked away.
Old pictures posted to Cetin’s MySpace page show him holding what appears to be a rifle and another appears to show a revolver.
According to his Facebook, Cetin lives in Oak Harbor, Washington, but is originally from Adana, Turkey.
Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis said Sunday morning that authorities were searching an apartment tied to Cetin as well as searching his vehicle.
Francis said authorities don’t yet know who is on the apartment lease or how long Cetin may have lived there.