Cetin was originally described by the media as "Hispanic" just in case he was, but he wasn't.
Cetin, 20, was spotted by Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley who told reporters he saw the suspect near his home and immediately recognized him. He turned his patrol car around and arrested him without incident. Evidently, Cetin wasn't willing to go up against someone who was armed.
Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said the suspect had immigrated to the US from Turkey and was a "legal permanent resident." But it isn't clear when he came here.
Hawley said that when he arrested Cetin, "He said nothing," and that he was unarmed and carried a computer in a satchel. "He was kind of zombie-like."
Cetin was arrested last year for a simple assault, according to Hawley, but didn't elaborate on the incident. The Seattle Times reported that Cetin faced 3 domestic violence assault charges in Burlington and Island County. The victim is identified as Cetin's stepfather. Cetin was also arrested for a DUI.
On December 29th of last year, the suspect was told by a judge that he was not permitted to possess a firearm.
The enabler stepfather asked the judge not to impose a no-contact order because his stepson was "going through a hard time."
Cetin's arrest came almost exactly 24 hours after the shooting at the Macy's makeup counter at the mall. Four women died in the store and were identified as Sarai Lara, 16, a high school student and cancer survivor; Belinda Galde, 64, and her mother, 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson; and Shyla Martin, 52, a makeup artist for Macy's; and Chuck Eagan, a maintenance worker for Boeing who was shot while helping his wife escape.