Spokane man arrested in Lake Stevens stabbing death

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - 20837922

A Spokane man has been arrested as a suspect in the stabbing death of a woman in Lake Stevens.

The Daily Herald reports 25-year-old Anthony E. Garver was arrested Tuesday night at an Everett restaurant.

He was linked to the homicide by DNA evidence and surveillance video that showed him at a restaurant with Phillipa S. Evans a few days before the 20-year-old was found dead June 17 at her home.

The arrest report does not suggest a motive in the killing. Neighbors said she had a young daughter and had just moved into the home at the end of May.

Garver, also known as Anthony Burke, has a criminal history in Spokane and is being on arrest warrants from the Department of Corrections and the Marshals Service. In fact, he's been the subject of a manhunt by the US Marshals Service since earlier this spring when he left federal prison and never checked in with his probation officer.

Garver has a criminal history that goes back nearly a decade, including his headline-making turn in 2006 when he was arrested for threatening to blow up some DSHS offices in North Spokane. He then topped that by threatening to kill both the judge and prosecutor in his case.

Garver was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008, given credit for time served, was released in 2009. When he failed to report to a work release program, US Marshals went on a month-long manhunt for him, finding him hiding out in the woods near Mt. Spokane.

A year later he was arrested after being involved in a high-speed chase with the Montana Highway Patrol, driving the wrong way down the freeway trying to hit other cars head-on. He was arrested and later sent to a federal prison in Colorado. He was released earlier this year in western Washington and was told to report in to his probation officer. He never did.